Do you know? #3

image from Swiss Orchid Foundation Salep is a flour made from the tubers of orchid like Orchis mascula and Orchis militaris. Several orchids used to make this flour are facing extinction (see BBC article). This four is used in a lot of turkish beverage and desserts like the lovely lokum. For more information read the very detailled article published in Botanica.comRead more

Do you know? #2

Hymenopus coronatus or orchid mantis Generally, mantises protect themselves by camouflage and concealment. To do that, most species make use of protective coloration to blend in with the foliage or substrate, both to avoid predators, and to better snare their prey. Various species have evolved to not only blend with the foliage, but to mimic it, appearing as either living or withered leaves, sticks, tree bark, blades of grass, flowers, or even stones. Some species in Africa and Australia are able to turn black after a molt following a fireRead more

Do you know? #1

#1 – Bulbophyllum nocturnum J.J.Verm., de Vogel, Schuit. & A.Vogel. In 2008, Ed de Vogel from NCB Naturalis in Leiden, The Netherlands, brought back a small orchid that he had collected on the remote and little explored island of New Britain during one of his expeditions to Papua New Guinea. When cultivated at the Hortus Botanicus, Leiden, the plant readily produced flower buds, but these all seemed to abort just before opening. It was only when the plant was observed during theRead more