Personally I have always loved orchids – the thrill of finding these colorful blooms in the wild has never diminished for me. Of course I am living in the ideal location for finding these treasures – on the Gold Coast.
My mother cultivated orchids with a great passion and talent, perhaps this is what fostered my apreciation for these beautiful and interesting plants.
The Cooktown Orchid illustrated below; is the Floral Emblem for Queensland.
This beautiful illustration by Vera Scarth-Johnson shows the Cooktown orchid growing on a frangipani tree.
In Australia we have an underground orchid that never sees the light of day, [Rhizanthella Slateri] it relies on ants and other terrestial insects to polinate it.
Orchids have an ancient origin and science indicates that the orchid shared its environment with the dinasours a 100 million years ago. To learn more about the reproduction, types and evolution of orchids……https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchidaceae