Fun Facts about Orchids You Never Knew

Facts about Orchids

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. Let’s learn more about these popular flowers!

Facts about Orchids

1. The word “orchid” comes from the Greek words for testicles and flower, which is why they are called “testicle flowers.”

2. There are more than 20,000 species of orchids in the world today.

3. In ancient times, people used to think that if you ate an orchid it would make your penis grow longer. This was because when a man cut off one of his own testicles he could eat them raw and still have a long penis!

4. A single orchid can produce up to 1 million seeds per year.

5. Some orchids will only bloom once every 10 years.

6. If you look at an orchid’s petals closely, there are actually tiny holes on each side where insects enter the plant. When these bugs leave, their feces dries out and hardens into little balls known as pollinia. Pollinia stick to other plants’ pollen and carry it around until they find another plant with pollen ready to fertilize.

7. Most orchids cannot survive without water. They need moisture so much that they even use raindrops like sponges.

8. Many orchids do not require soil but instead live inside rotting logs. These types of orchids are also called epiphytes.

9. One type of orchid has been found growing naturally in New Zealand. It grows upside down and uses its roots to hang onto tree branches using special hooks.

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10. An orchid does not always smell good. Sometimes they give off smells that repel animals away from eating them.

11. You may be able to tell how old an orchid is by looking at its leaves. Older ones tend to have thicker stems and smaller leaves.

12. All parts of an orchid except for the root must remain underground during wintertime. Otherwise, the whole thing dies.

13. Orchids were first cultivated over 5,000 years ago in China.

14. People who collect wild orchids usually keep them alive by placing them in large glass jars filled with pebbles.

15. Scientists believe that humans began cultivating orchids thousands of years before we started farming crops such as wheat and rice.

16. During World War II, Japanese soldiers planted many different kinds of orchids along roadsides throughout Asia. After the war ended, those same plants grew back stronger than ever.

17. Orchids are very sensitive to pollution. Even small amounts of pollutants can kill them.

18. Orchids are often confused with lilies because both families belong to the order Liliales. However, orchids lack true stamens while lilies have two sets of male organs.

19. Orchids are sometimes mistaken for carnivorous plants due to their unusual appearance. But unlike most carnivorous plants, orchids don’t trap prey with sticky hairs. Instead, they attract insects with sweet-smelling nectar.

20. The word ‘orchid’ comes from the Greek words meaning ‘little ear’. That’s because the flower looks similar to an animal’s ear.

21. Orchids are considered some of nature’s best examples of perfect symmetry. Each part of the flower matches exactly what it should be next to.

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22. Orchids are classified according to which family they come from: monocots, eudicots or magnolias.

23. Orchids are among the oldest flowering plants on Earth. Fossilized remains of orchids dating back 400 million years have been discovered.

24. Orchids are extremely popular worldwide. More than 100 countries sell orchids commercially.

25. Orchids are native to tropical regions all across the globe. Yet, they thrive in temperate climates too. This is why you’ll find orchids growing outside your home year round!

26. There are more than 20,000 species of orchids around the world today. Some experts estimate there could be up to 30,000 new species still waiting to be discovered.

27. In addition to being beautiful flowers, orchids are used extensively in medicine. For example, a compound derived from one kind of orchid helps fight cancer cells.

28. A single plant can produce hundreds of seeds each day. And if these seeds fall into the right place, they will grow into healthy adult plants.

29. If you want to see an amazing display of orchids, visit Hawaii. Because this state gets lots of sunshine, it supports huge numbers of orchids.

30. Orchids are known for having long lifespans. Some varieties can last for decades. Others can live for centuries.

31. Orchids are easy to care for once they’re established. Just provide plenty of light and water.

32. Orchids are pollinated mostly by bees. Bees love the sweet scent of orchids. So when you notice honeybees buzzing near your house, look out for signs of pollen falling from trees nearby.

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33. Orchids are great pets. Not only do they make cute little companions, but they also help control pests in gardens.

34. Orchids are actually quite common in our homes.

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