There's far more to these exotic blooms than meets the eye.
This bottle of vanilla extract that you pour into your favorite cookie and cake recipes comes from the orchid . It's the only orchid that produces an edible fruit (yep, vanilla is fruit!).
With the exception of black, orchids sport basically every color of the rainbow. Although rare, there are even blue orchids, and the flowers , too.
Orchids know just how to . Certain types, like this (really adorable) bee orchid, closely resemble insects, which tricks the bugs into coming close. To be blunt, the insect might try to mate with the flower, and will take the pollen when it finally wises up and flies away.
Tell us you don't see it. This is totally smiling at you, and some orchids have an uncanny knack for mimicking birds, like the and the .
These lovely flowers aren't only found in the tropics. Instead, the can grow in almost any habitat, and can even ! But alas, you won't find them in icy Antarctica.
Orchids are the , and come in myriad .
Applause goes out to Shi Yuanfeng of China, who achieved this .
The , the Sobralia altissima from the forest of Peru, can grow to a mighty 44 feet tall.
The size of an orchid seed is super tiny – around the size of . Because of this, it can take years for an orchid to fully bloom from seeds.