Thursday, 08 January 2015 17:25

Strange Kinds of Orchids

The orchid family (Orchidaceae) contains flowers considered some of the most beautiful and most bizarre on Earth. It is the largest family of flowering plants, encompassing more than 26,000 species with 100 to 200 species discovered annually. Those amounts don't include the thousands of named orchid hybrids and cultivars. Orchids grow naturally all over the world and are either terrestrial plants or epiphytes. Epiphytes grow on trees and rocks, and they don't need soil. Assuring pollination is the main driving force behind the creation of almost unbelievable orchid flower shapes and colors.

Orchids located throughout the south-west continued to excite and amaze locals during the recent wildflower season as conservationists work to secure the endangered specimens.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – An international team led by investigators in China, Taiwan, and Belgium has sequenced the genome of the orchid Phalaenopsis equestris — a favored parental plant in orchid breeding and the first sequenced representative of plants that perform photosynthesis using crassulacean acid metabolism.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:05

Researcher unveils genome of orchid

PERFECT BLOSSOM: Research led by a National Cheng Kung University professor had slashed the amount of time needed to obtain results in the breeding of orchids

This plant, perhaps more than any other, was responsible for the orchid craze that followed.

Monday, 05 January 2015 23:55

Fun with Orchid Names – A Quiz

This post will help you recognize when you are looking at an orchid species name that is named for a person or persons. And, if you are so lucky as to get to name a newly described orchid species, it will help you do it correctly if your taxonomist has stopped returning your emails. It should also help you recognize when the author of a document is attempting feats of pedantry beyond his skill level.

Monday, 05 January 2015 23:40

Facts About Orchids

Orchids are delicate and unique and many only grow in certain parts of the world. They’re a lovely flower to encourage in your garden, or to have a few stems in a vase decorating your home. But how much do you know about orchids?

Monday, 05 January 2015 23:27

Orchid Trivia – World’s Tallest Orchid

I am the tallest freestanding orchid and come from the perpetually cool high forests of Peru. I am reported to grow up to 44 feet or 13.5 meters high in optimum conditions. More typically I grow to 16.5 ft. high in open, sunny areas and 23 - 26 ft. in areas under a low tree canopy. My species name derives from the Latin and refers to my long stems.

Before trying anything "new", please take the time to ask others their opinion or experience in trying something "new". This could spare you in trying something that others tried, and failed. In the meantime, any orchid you might experiment with will also thank you.

Monday, 05 January 2015 23:08

Gardening at Altitude in Boulder County

A friend of mine jokes that she's a terrible gardener, one who can kill a plant just walking past it at the store. But she loves flowers and wants to grow them, so the best gift to give her is a plant that's beautiful, long lasting, and tough as nails: an orchid.

Their delicate beauty hides a strength that's perfect for those whose hearts are green but thumbs are brown. If you've been given an orchid this year, the secret to success is location, location, location. And a little bit of fertilizer.


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