Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Got this magnificent orchid as a present from the lunch guests on Saturday!
Just had to put a picture of it

So beautiful!
Orchids are a cosmopolitan family found all the way from within
the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego
and the islands south of Australia.
They are absent only from open water
and from true deserts.
The smallest orchid is thought to be
Bulbophyllum minutissimum
which is 3-4 mm tall,
but many other orchids approach it in size.
The largest orchids are probably vanillas
which are lianas that
reach into the crowns of rain-forests trees
and may be 20m or more in length.
Some tropical orchids also form very large clumps
on rocks or in trees.
Grammatophyllum speciosum plants
of several hundred kg
have been reported from Southeast Asia.
Some orchids live on the ground
while others grow perched on trees or rocks.
Vanilla and some of its allies scramble up
shrubs and trees
or are lianas that grow up forest trees,
using their roots for support.

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