Orchidelirium, also called orchidomania or orchid fever, is the name given to the Victorian era of flower madness when collecting and discovering orchids reached extraordinarily high levels.
What is the queen of all orchids?
The orchid is considered to be the “Queen of Philippine flowers” and is worshiped as a diwata by the indigenous Bagobo people. Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach named it as Vanda sanderiana.
How do you collect orchids?
Select one orchid flower spike, or stem, with 60 to 70 percent of the blooms open. Grasp the stem just below the bottommost flower in one hand. Slice horizontally through the stem with the knife, making the cut 1/4 inch above the plant’s base.
What does it mean to be gifted an orchid?
Orchids are considered symbols of love because of the fact that the plants grow easily, and bloom under most conditions. During the Victorian era, it was a custom to gift exotic and rare flowers to show love and affection. It was even believed that rarer the flower you chose as a gift, deeper was your love.
What is the world’s largest flower?
The flower with the world’s largest bloom is the Rafflesia arnoldii. This rare flower is found in the rainforests of Indonesia. It can grow to be 3 feet across and weigh up to 15 pounds! It is a parasitic plant, with no visible leaves, roots, or stem.
What is the new national flower of the Philippines?
For today’s #WildlifeWednesday, let’s learn more about Sampaguita, our national flower. Jasminum sambac commonly known as Sampaguita was declared as the national flower by Governor-General Frank Murphy in 1934. Its white flower is believed to symbolize purity, fidelity, and hope.
How long do orchids live for?
This is usually 2 to 3 months long. However, there have been reports of some living for over 100 years. So, with the right care and attention, you can expect to keep your orchid for at least a few decades.
What do you do with an orchid after the blooms fall off?
After the flowers drop from the orchid you have three choices: leave the flower spike (or stem) intact, cut it back to a node, or remove it entirely. Remove the flower spike entirely by clipping it off at the base of the plant. This is definitely the route to take if the existing stem starts to turn brown or yellow.
What are orchid seeds?
A typical orchid seed is merely the size of a speck of dust. To give an impression of the dimensions involved: a single capsule of the tropical American orchid Cycnoches chlorochilon produces almost four million seeds, and one gram of seeds of the southeast Asian species Aerides odorata contains 3.4 million seeds.