June 28, 2011

A Study in Nature, reported new evidence that Orchids may date back as far as 76 to 84 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period far earlier than had ever been believed before. An extinct species of a stingless bee was found trapped in amber from about 15 million years ago. Pollen being carried by the bee was a type of orchid known as Meliorchis Caribea on its wings! This is the first fossil find for orchids in history. This finding means that orchids may have existed during the time of dinosaurs.
Orchids have been known as a rare and beautiful flower that people adorn and keep in their homes, offices and gardens. Here are some of the interesting and facts about these flowers:
  • Orchids can grow up to 20 meters high
  • Orchids can come in a rainbow of colors except blue
  • The name orchid comes from the Greek word orchis- which means testicle in Greek. They’re named this way due to their shape.
  • There are over 25,000 species in the world and every year new species are discovered- an average of 200 and 300 new ones annually.
  • Some flower and science experts believe that there are still another 5,000 species of orchids undiscovered
Do you find the newest orchid developments interesting? Tell us what you love most about orchids!

2 Responses to “Orchids”

  1. I did not realize the name has to do anything with the testicle. I knew that about avocado, and it is kind of understandable, but orchid? Really?

    Vanilla orchid..yummmm.

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