Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Amazing Amazon Rainforest plant - Wednesday Facts

Today is Wednesday. It's no Friday but it's not Monday, either.

To honor the fact that we are in the middle of week, I will tell you five facts of life, about me or someone else, faith, world and existence in general.

And what I want from you, my readers?

I want to know about you! 

Leave me your facts, so I can enjoy reading them!

They can also be about you, your life or anything you find fascinating in this world or in the world beyond.

What can you find growing around your home?

Do you live in a big city or country side?

Are there parks or forests? Maybe a desert or savannah?

One of the things I love about living in Tena is the Amazon rainforest around us.

It is a luscious background, perfect place for an adventure and incredible wonder for every day I open my eyes.

Did you know that even though rainforests only cover less than two percent of the Earth’s entire surface, they are home to 50 percent of the plants and animals?

They can be also found on every continent, except Antarctica.

Here are 5 amazing facts about a geourgous rainforest plant that I have learned to love.


1. One of the two most common flowering plant families in the world

Orchidaceae is a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants with blooms that are often colourful and often fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae (aster, daisy or sunflower family), they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants, with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species, found in 880 genera. 
Selecting which of the two families is larger is still under debate, as concrete numbers on such enormous families are constantly in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species equals more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species.

2. Orchids come in every color, except black. 

3. They are extremely varied

They grow on rocks, in the soil, underground and on other plants and trees, all while relying on certain insects or birds for pollination. 
The species varies greatly in weight and size with some petals getting as long as 30 inches, and flowers growing up to 14 feet long.

4. The name means testicle

The name comes from the Ancient Greek ὄρχις (órkhis), literally meaning "testicle", because of the shape of the root.Carl Linnaeus classified the family as Orchidaceae
Orchid was introduced in 1845 by John Lindley in School Botany, due to an incorrect attempt to extract the Latin stem (orchis) from Orchidaceae.

5. Orchid in Greek mythodology

The Greek myth of Orchisexplains the origin of the plants. Orchis, the son of a nymph and a satyr, came upon a festival of Dionysus (Bacchus) in the forest. He drank too much, and attempted to rape a priestess of Dionysus.For his insult, he was torn apart by the Bacchanalians.His father prayed for him to be restored, but the gods instead changed him into a flower.

These flowers were previously called Orchis, Satyrion (Satyrion feminina), or "ballockwort".

What kind of flowers grow around your house?


  1. We don't have a very large Lilac bush at our house, but no other flowers. My mom LOVES orchids and has a few at her house. I can't wait to tell her that the name means testicle! ;)

  2. My mother in law planted various plants that just pop up in the spring time.. I have no clue what they are..

  3. Amazing What Beauty Is Out There Thank You

  4. It looks pretty! I love tropical plants! I'm so excited for spring and to get gardening soon!

  5. This flower is beautiful. I wish I could grow that here in CO.

  6. Wow how beautiful! I love the colors and shape.

    Michelle F.

  7. what beautiful pictures!! love your blog. I would love to have pictures as pretty on :)

  8. Very interesting facts. I have always loved orchids. They are gorgeous, and it was great to able to find out some fascinating things about them.

  9. That's amazing so many animals are packed into such a small part of the earth.

  10. I really enjoy visiting new places because of the plant life and wild animals that can be found there. I wish I could visit you!! I would be astounded I'm sure.

  11. Such a great post. I always love your pictures, so beautiful.

  12. Orchids are beautiful! They sell them regularly at trader joes!

  13. So nice to learn more about orchids. I love these flowers but I never knew basically anything about them, except that they are very beautiful.

  14. I love orchids. These are gorgeous & I would love to be surrounded by orchids & roses. We live in a middle of vineyard so we are surrounded by green leaves & later grapes :)

  15. Orchids are one of my favorite flowers. I wanted them in my wedding bouquet but they're expensive.
    To answer your questions, I like the the Texas Pineywoods. As the name implies I am surrounded by pine trees. The soil here is not very good, so if the plant does not have a deep root structure it doesn't survive here well.

  16. lol on the name origin. Who knew? It is a very pretty flower.
    We have plants growing outside, flowers we put in last year and flowers that were here when we moved in. There are also many trees on our property, including a big (very big) acorn tree that attracts squirrels (who store their nuts in my car engine, causing me to pay to have it repaired). I love our trees. I don't love acorns in the engine. ;)