Archive for the 'Misc' Category

Teeny-Tiny Orchid Seeds

Friday, December 7th, 2018

How small are orchid seeds? They’re the smallest seeds in the world, like specks of dust. In fact, those little black dots in vanilla ice cream are seeds, and they’re considered large for the orchid family. The photos below show greatly enlarged images of Epidendrum seeds. Each tiny white thread is actually an individual seed. […]

Smoky Orchids

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Bad wildfires have brought terribly smoky conditions to the San Francisco Bay Area for the past week. Of course, this is nothing compared to the suffering of those who have lost homes and loved ones in the fires, which are over 150 miles (241 km) away. However, it is causing bad air problems. Our daily […]

Join the American Orchid Society

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Orchid lovers have more reasons than ever to join the American Orchid Society (AOS.) Of course, there’s the great monthly Orchids magazine with gorgeous photos and superb care advice that comes with membership. But now, the AOS has also greatly expanded their online resources. All of their old magazines, going back to 1932, are now […]

Orchids That Look Like Animals

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Check out 11 orchid flowers that look like animals, including humans, at Looseferspeaks.com. Bee Orchids, Monkey Orchids, and Flying Duck Orchids earn their names honestly. There are also Moth Orchids, Dancing Lady Orchids, and more. They all appear to stretch the definition of what a flower can be.

Orchids with Green Flowers

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Green flowers are always a little surprising. They blend in with the leaves, but then there’s a glimpse of color, or a distinctive flower shape, and a blossom emerges into view. Of course, the vast, diverse orchid family has plenty of green flowers. This post shows just a few. Bright green, light green, yellowish green […]

Visit the Orchids of New Guinea

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Visit exotic jungles at the Orchids of New Guinea website. Famous as the home of Birds of Paradise, the world’s largest tropical island is also full of botanical wonders. Over 2000 species of orchids grow everywhere, from coastal forests to towering mountain ranges. Their incredible diversity is apparent in the website’s image gallery, which has […]

Take an Orchid Vacation

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Wouldn’t it be great to take an orchid vacation? The Orchid Conservation Alliance (OCA) regularly sponsors trips to exotic lands with experts who guide orchid tours. These trips feature orchids in their native habitats, and raise money for conservation projects. Tours are limited to 15 people maximum. Future trips include Yunnan, China in May, and […]

Orchid Photo of the Week

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

The American Orchid Society (AOS) invites orchid lovers to submit their digital photos as candidates for the Orchid Photo of the Week. One picture is selected each week to feature on the AOS homepage. Photos must be posted to the AOS Flickr group (it’s free to open a Flickr account if you don’t already have […]

The Orchid I Want For Valentine’s Day

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

At AboutOrchids, we love all types of orchids, but some really stand above the rest. For example, the stunning Lady Slipper ornament pictured below is a priceless antique, full of gold, diamonds, and rubies. If it weren’t locked up in a museum, it could be a great Valentine’s Day gift. Dave spotted this beauty at […]

AboutOrchids Is 10 Years Old Today!

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

AboutOrchids is 10 years old today! As we approach 900 posts over a decade, it’s easy to look back and see how the blog (and I) have grown. When somebody asks how I still come up with new posts after all these years, the answer is that I’m still learning, too. And the more I […]