Archive for the 'Videos' Category

Ecuador Hosting the 22nd World Orchid Conference

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Every three years, orchid lovers from around the world gather for an event nicknamed the Orchid Olympics. Officially known as the 22nd World Orchid Conference, this year’s event is happening in Guayaquil, Ecuador from November 8th – 12th. The conference includes science, horticulture, and conservation sessions, as well as an enormous orchid show with vendors […]

Orchids: Masters of Deception

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Enjoy this adorable animation explaining how deceptive orchids can be. Some orchids trick pollinators, steal from fungi, or take advantage of trees to grow above the forest floor. And they’ve convinced lots of humans to do their bidding, too. The video below comes courtesy of the University of Western Australia and Curtin University.

The Orchid Mantis Is Not a Flower

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Orchid mantises mimic flowers so well that their lunch flies right to them! Check out two great videos showing these stealthy little predators — Learn more about orchid mantises in this earlier blog post.

Devilish Orchid Discovery

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Scientists have discovered a devilish new orchid in Colombia. Telipogon diabolicus earns its species name from a dark maroon coloration that resembles a little demon head. So far, it’s only been found in a small patch of land in southern Colombia, and the species is considered critically endangered.

More Orchid Exhibitions

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Enjoy these extended orchid exhibits, in addition the ones I’ve already listed here, here, and here. February 27 – April 17 The Smithsonian Gardens and the United States Botanic Garden feature Orchids in Focus in Washington DC. Enjoy orchids from their esteemed plant collections, which will be on display in the Conservatory Garden Court and […]

Orchid Observers: A Citizen Science Project

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

London’s Natural History Museum needs your help. The museum has started an Orchid Observers citizen science project, and it’s looking for volunteers to help study how climate change is affecting native British orchids. Scientists have already found that some species have been blooming earlier, consistent with warmer springtime temperatures. At Orchid Observers, you can choose […]

Bee Orchids

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Bee Orchids know how to appeal to bees. In the first video below, a botanist from London’s Natural History Museum explores the elaborate deceptions of these fascinating plants. Also known as Ophrys apifera, Bee Orchids mimic the appearance and pheromones of their namesake bugs to trick them into pollinating their flowers. The video also shows a […]

Orchids for Dessert

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

I’ve blogged several times about the world’s most delicious orchid, vanilla. But did you know that there are other edible orchids? One of the most popular orchid foods is salep, or sahlep. In Turkey and the lands of the former Ottoman Empire, the roots of Mediterranean orchids are milled into flour, and added to ice […]

A Floating Orchid Forest

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Looking to relax? How about a calming visit to floating orchid forest? Tokyo’s Miraikan Museum has just what you need. As guests walk though the exhibit in the video below, computers gently raise and lower thousands of living orchids hanging from the ceiling. It’s reminiscent of the lush beauty of Avatar, and I’m sure it’s full […]

The Secret Life of Orchids – Fungi

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Take a peek at the secret life of orchids in the short video below. Smithsonian Ecologist Melissa McCormick explains how much wild orchids need fungi to survive. Many types of plants exchange nutrients with fungi, but orchids cheat this symbiotic relationship by eating their fungi instead. Fortunately, a little fertilizer will suffice with your orchids […]