Posted by: ktzefr | March 30, 2012

Orchids, Orchids, Everywhere!

I love spring in DC!  It’s the prettiest time of year, from the early cherry blossoms and forsythia and Bradford pear trees to azaleas, dogwood, magnolia, rhododendron…color is everywhere.

One of my favorite displays of colorful blooms, however, happens indoors.  Every year the US Botanic Garden has an orchid exhibit that features orchids from around the globe.  This year’s show is a real treat.

Orchid Mystique: Nature’s Triumph — the orchid exhibit is on display at the Garden’s Conservatory through April 29.  If you’re in DC, be sure to take an hour or two or see these beautiful blossoms.  If not, enjoy the pics I took today.  I’ve included a few general orchid facts for fun (NOTE: each fact is not necessarily related to the orchid pictured with it). (To get a close-up view of a bloom, double click on the photo, but be sure to use the back arrow to get back to this post.)


Orchids at the U.S.Botanic Garden; Photo:KFawcett

2)  Orchids grow on every continent except Antarctica.

Orchids at the U. S. Botanic Garden; Photo:KFawcett

 

3)  Some orchids can live on rotting plants in places where there is no light.

Orchids at the U.S. Botanic Garden; Photo:KFawcett

 

4)  Some orchids are found in lots of places around the world, while others grow only on a single mountain. 

Orchids at the U.S. Botanic Garden; Photo:KFawcett

 

5)  The largest orchid in the world can grow up to 20 meters tall.

Orchids at the U.S. Botanic Garden; Photo:KFawcett

 

6)  Vanilla flavoring comes from the vanilla orchid.

Orchids at the U.S. Botanic Garden; Photo:KFawcett

 

7)  Some orchids have been famous as love potions.

Orchids at the U.S. Botanic Garden; Photo:KFawcett

 

8)  Orchids can grow on the trunks and branches of trees.

Orchids at the U.S. Botanic Garden; Photo:KFawcett

 

9)  Ancient Greek couples expecting a baby ate the roots of orchids to influence the sex of the child.

Orchid at the U.S. Botanic Garden; Photo:KFawcett

 

10)  Orchid seeds are almost microscopic.

Orchids at the U.S. Botanic Garden; Photo:KFawcett

 

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