The Seductive Powers of Orchids

Friday March 15, 2013 | Beauty Culture

I’ve been quite busy this week so I haven’t been able to write a proper post. At least not on here. But, I did manage to churn out a guest post for Luchessa’s beauty blog. So head over there to read my guest post on The Simplicity of Skincare.

Now, because I love all things beautiful, I thought I would share with you some lovely photos that I took at the Thousand and One Orchids exposition at the Jardin de Plantes. If you live in Paris, you must go! And if you can’t make it, then I hope this post can serve as a bit of a taste of the exposition.

ORCHIDS

Orchids produce some of the loveliest flowers in the world. They belong to one of the two largest families of flowering plants and there is no other plant species that is as diverse as the orchids.

What makes them especially intriguing is how they use deception to ensure their own pollination. Their beautiful flowers serve to attract bees and insects, often by luring them with the promise of sex. For example, an orchid flower can mimic the shape of a female insect of one particular species in order to attract the males.

Charles Darwin once wrote, “The contrivances by which orchids are fertilised, are as varied and almost as perfect as any of the most beautiful adaptations in the animal kingdom.”

Their incredible display of beauty has but one aim: pollination (reproduction). A fact that I think is not so different from humans.

Other facts about orchids that may surprise you:

  • The name orchid comes from the greek word “orchis” meaning testicle, because of the shape of the bulbous roots.
  • Orchid flowers can grow to be as small as the head of a pin, or greater than ten feet.
  • Vanilla comes from the fruit of an orchid.
  • Cofucious said that “The association with a superior person is like entering a hall of orchids.”
  • Orchids have the tiniest seeds in the world, and there can be up to 3 million seeds in a single orchid seed pod.
  • Some orchid flowers bloom for mere hours, while others last for up to half a year.
  • Orchid flowers always grow upside down when they mature.
  • Orchid plants can live up to a hundred years old.
  • The fly orchid of Ecuador has a lip shaped like a female tachinid fly so as to attract male flies.
  • Except for antartica, orchids can be found everywhere in the world (deserts, tundra, grasslands, rainforests, etc).
  • Orchid flowers can be the purest white or almost solid black.

PHOTOS

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

 

Photos : From the exposition Mille et Une Orchidées
Date : Friday Feb. 22 – Monday Mar. 18 2013
Place : Grande Serre du Jardin des Plantes
Note: I took these photos and you are free to use them as long as you give proper credit =)

 

2 Responses to “The Seductive Powers of Orchids”

  1. Tacey says:

    These are gorgeous!!!

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