Archive for November, 2021

Wild Orchids Are Being ‘Loved to Death’

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

The allure of orchids inspires bad behavior from some, and sadly, the problem seems to be growing worse. In Australia, orchid lovers are sharing info online, causing lots of people to search for the flowers in real life. Social media has expanded sharing of location information, which leads to a crush of visitors. Plants are […]

Darwin’s Orchid Fascination

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

The famous scientist Charles Darwin was fascinated with orchids. Three years after releasing his groundbreaking work, On the Origin of Species, his next book was all about orchids. It was published in 1862, back when book titles were much longer, and was called On the Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids Are Fertilised […]

Meet Three Australians Who Are Obsessed with Orchids

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Orchids can inspire obsessions and lifetime devotions. These three Australians are perfect examples, and have great orchid tales to share. Julian Pitcher braves poisonous snakes, stinging trees, and other jungle hazards to hunt for orchids in tropical Queensland. He studies and photographs rare species, and always promotes conservation. Check out his Wild Orchid Adventures YouTube […]

A Wild, Weedy, and Intoxicating Orchid, Part 2

Monday, November 8th, 2021

The Broad-Leaved Helleborine is indeed a wild, weedy, and intoxicating orchid. It’s an invasive species in North America, with nectar that drugs its insect pollinators. On the coast, just south of San Francisco, the plants near us grow in a tough botanical neighborhood. Their small patch of woods on a steep hillside is full of […]

November Orchid Events

Monday, November 1st, 2021

This month’s events with health precautions include the virtual Orchid Digest International Speakers Day. It features a great group of experts discussing orchids in India, Peru, Borneo, and the Philippines. November 5 – 7 Central Coast-Hunter Regions Cymbidium Society Show, Tuggerah Super Centre, Wyong Rd. & Bryant Dr., Tuggerah, NSW, Australia November 7 Tiny Jungle […]