Among horticulturists, orchids are a favorite plant because of their pretty flowers. The genus of orchids is diverse, widespread, and old. All over the world, they grow naturally. And the common cause why they are so widespread is because of human’s affinity for them. Here are ten fun facts about orchids.
10 They date back 10 to 15 million years ago. A fossil of a bee dated 10 to 15 million years ago also showed an ancient orchid pollen on its back.
9 The vanilla is an orchid. Vanilla bean is the only commercially grown orchid crop.
8 The smallest orchid is just as big as 2mm, no bigger than a dime and its name is Plstystele jungermannioides.
7 If insects go extinct, so will orchids because there is no other way to pollinate these beautiful plants in the wild.
6 There are orchids whose flowers can last as long as 6 months and others for only a few hours.
5 If you want to grow orchids, you need to have patience and perseverance because it can take as long as 18 years to produce one of the most beautiful flowers.
4 Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants.
3 Orchids are quite devious because their reproductive parts are usually shaped like the insect that they are targeting, and once the insect approaches the flower, the pollen sticks to it until it delivers the pollen to another orchid of the same species.
2 There are species of orchids that are parasitic and get their food from fungi that lives inside their roots.
1 There are certain orchid species that can live up to 100 years.
+ Bonus Knowledge Nuggets
Orchids have the smallest seeds in the world, which makes it a big obstacle in cultivating and growing them. One of the reasons why their seeds are so small is because they lack nutrients within and don’t have an endosperm. The size of an orchid seed is like a speck of dust and can only be visible under a microscope.