Hey everyone, what an amazing set of flowers these are. I live on a Nursery, it truly does not get much better than this. What makes this time of year so special, Spring? All the magnificent flowers in bloom one of those been the humble yet complex looking Orchid!
Stunning right? These truly are the gift that keep on giving, not much work and like clockwork bloom around Spring every year!
The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colourful and fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family.
Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. The Orchidaceae have about 28,000 currently accepted species, distributed in about 763 genera. The determination of which family is larger is still under debate, because verified data on the members of such enormous families are continually in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species is nearly equal to the number of bony fishes, more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species.
The family encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants. The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species). It also includes Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant), the type genus Orchis, and many commonly cultivated plants such as Phalaenopsis and Cattleya. Moreover, since the introduction of tropical species into cultivation in the 19th century, horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars. more here as per wikipedia.org https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchidaceae
I recently had a braai with my landlord and owner of the nursery he said 'Craig come look here' and took me to a shady spot in his nursery in which these gorgeous orchids reside. He took one I the other and carried them to his porch to be put on display for all.
Nature the incredible!
I trust you have an awesome week.
Love and light, be blessed.