ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Travel and Places»
  • Visiting North America

Orchids at The Butterfly House

Updated on September 14, 2014

Orchids thrive at The Butterfly House

I love to see the brightly colored orchids at The Butterfly House. It seems like everywhere you turn there is a variety of orchids. The hot, humid temperatures in the conservatory work well for the orchids.

Because of this, I was under the mistaken notion that orchids were just tropical plants. This is not true, although 80% of orchids are from the tropics. Orchids actually grow on all continents except the Antarctica. There are 35 species of orchids in my home state of Missouri.

In this lens I will share photographs of the orchids that I have taken at The Butterfly House where I volunteer. I will also share a few interesting facts about orchids that I learned at a training session for volunteers.

photos by mbgphoto

Growth of Orchids

Monopodial: Central stem of growth and no pseudobulbs, but produce new growth from the crown of the plant.

Sympodial: Forms a rhizome, which sends out a shoot

Pollination: Often trick insects into it through very elaborate systems.

Seeds need assistance to grow because they have so little food, fungi provide the sugars and nutrient in nature.

Guide for Growing

If these photos have made you long to have orchids, here is a guide to grow them.

Understanding Orchids: An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World's Most Exotic Plants
Understanding Orchids: An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World's Most Exotic Plants

I was always a bit leery of growing orchids. They seemed so complicated. This is a great guide to make you feel at ease with orchids.

 

Moth Variety

This variety of orchid is called the Moth. Here is a pretty yellow Moth orchid that was growing at The Butterfly House.

Smallest

World's smallest known orchid at 2 millimeters across is nearly see-through. It was discovered on 12/3/09 nestled in the roots of another flower in Ecuador.

Purple Orchids

Purple Orchids
Purple Orchids

Largest

The largest orchid: Grammatophyllum speciosum, can weigh two tons.

Owl Butterfly among the Orchids

Tallest

The tallest free standing orchid is Sobralia altissima from the high forests of Peru. It reaches up to 44 feet.

Dark Purple Orchids at The Butterfly House

Orchids grow their roots in several different manners.

Epiphytic- Grow on trees clinging to branches or in the trunk apex of the tree.

Uthophytic-Cover the bases and forks of trees or fill crevices in rocks.

Terrestrial- Grow in the ground.

White Orchid

Source

Man-made

The first man-made orchid hybrid was created in 1856.

Orchids for Dummies

A great place to get some basic tips on orchids.

Orchids For Dummies
Orchids For Dummies

Are you intimidated by orchids. This book will make it easy for you.

 

Growing Orchids

Some people say orchids are rather difficult to grow and others say they are easy.

Have you had success with growing orchids?

See results

Credits


Thank You Jessica Deering

Guest Service- The Butterfly House

Information for this lens was obtained at a volunteer training session at The Butterfly House. It was presented by Jessica Deering

Have you ever grown an orchid?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Anthony Altorenna profile image

      Anthony Altorenna 3 years ago from Connecticut

      I have a couple of orchid plants that I bought while they were blooming, and the flowers lasted for quite a while. But after the flowers fade, I cannot get them to re-bloom... oh well, I enjoyed the flowers while they lasted!

    • Zeross4 profile image

      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I've never grown one but would love to! Didn't realize how many species there were in Missouri, that means there are probably several species here in Ky as well? Great lens, and beautiful pictures.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I love seeing the wild ladyslippers in the woods each spring in New Hampshire. Wish I were brave enough to try growing these fancy orchids you are showing here. Just gorgeous.

    • profile image

      editionh 6 years ago

      Oh my, your lenses are great and pictures are beautiful!

    • sukkran trichy profile image

      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      what a lovely pictures. great lens.

    • indigoj profile image

      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      No, I don't think I'd be brave enough to grow one. Lovely to look at them here though! Love the owl butterfly too.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image

      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      The owl butterfly with the orchid is my favorite!

    • Heather426 profile image

      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      What a beautiful orchid lens!

    • Linda BookLady profile image

      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Can I say it? ... WOW! What beautiful flowers!!! Lucky butterflies!

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I have always loved orchids! My son bought on for me for Mother's Day one year. Sadly, I did not have the "touch" with orchids and my beauty did not last long. Perhaps, someday I will try again. They are so beautiful and so are all of your photos!

    • profile image

      anonymous 7 years ago

      I adore orchids! These are beautiful. I tried to grow them once, but wasn't successful.

    • profile image

      Joan4 7 years ago

      Butterflies and Orchids! What a fantastic spot to volunteer. I would think you would just be in awe all the time. These pictures are wonderful!

    • profile image

      Joan4 7 years ago

      Butterflies and Orchids! What a fantastic spot to volunteer. I would think you would just be in awe all the time. These pictures are wonderful!

    • catherinelovestv profile image

      catherinelovestv 7 years ago

      What beautiful flowers, am tempted to start!

    • catherinelovestv profile image

      catherinelovestv 7 years ago

      What beautiful flowers, am tempted to start!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm not very good at growing things, especially things like orchids. These orchid pictures are absolutely beautiful!

    • pkmcruk profile image

      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Beautiful lens and amazing pictures - Blessed by a passing Squid Angel :-)

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      These are so beautiful. Love it!

    • profile image

      aishu19 7 years ago

      Love the Orchid Products. Beautiful Images on lovely items

    • profile image

      anonymous 7 years ago

      Have tried unsuccessfully a couple of times to grow orchids. Your photos are just lovely! The one with the Owl butterfly was striking! Blessed by a Squid Angel.