Archive for September, 2023

China’s Lucrative Orchid Industry Is a Test for the Nation’s Commitment to Conservation

Thursday, September 28th, 2023

China is a hotspot of botanical diversity, and that includes orchids. Many have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, but are being threatened by habitat loss and overcollection. Dozens of species of Dendrobiums are among those collected from the wild. The dried plants are added into teas or soups to help a variety […]

Autumn Orchid Colors

Friday, September 22nd, 2023

The seasons cycle on as fall arrives today in the northern hemisphere.  Autumnal orchid colors include the reds, yellows, oranges, purples, and browns of falling leaves, along with the blues of a crisp, clear sky. These photos are from last winter’s Pacific Orchid Expo in San Francisco. Happy equinox.

Demystifying Orchid Pollination

Saturday, September 16th, 2023

The vast, diverse orchid family uses a mind-boggling number of strategies to attract pollinators and attach pollen to them. Check out a few of their fascinating methods in the videos below — Lady in Black – Pollination in Vanilla Blowin’ in the Wind – Wind mediated pollination in orchids What Have I Done to Deserve […]

More Photos from Orchids in the Park

Sunday, September 10th, 2023

This summer’s Orchids in the Park event filled Golden Gate Park with truly extraordinary flowers. My first post simply scratched the surface. Here are more photos, featuring the species, the hybrids, the latest trends, and the classics. It’s tough to pick favorites, but since I’ve grown Masdevallia chaparensis at home for many years, it’s already […]

September Orchid Events

Friday, September 1st, 2023

From Tasmania to Queeensland, Australians are celebrating orchids this month. There are over 60 events listed below for Australia, and eight in New Zealand, too. North and South America, Europe, and Asia are in there, also, with big shows in Tokyo, Tampa, Bogotá, and Lisbon. September 1 – 2 Nambour Orchid Show, Uniting Church Hall, […]