Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday on this beautiful weekend!
Many thanks to all of you for your beautiful contributions to this meme. Here is mine for today:
Orchids come to us from the Netherlands.
This gorgeous white orchid variety is the Phalaenopsis. I just bought two of these amazing flowers today, a white and a pink one. Looking for care, I visited the Orchid info side, when I found this lovely description about how the Dutch botanist Dr. C.L. Blume found this flower:
The genus Phalaenopsis was described in 1825 by Dutch botanist Dr. C.L. Blume, who was employed at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Buitenzorg (now called Bogor) on the island of Java. The story goes that on one of his expeditions he saw a group of butterflies that were virtually motionless around a tree. These turned out to be orchids and he later called them Phalaenopsis amabilis. Amabilis means charming. The genus name Phalaenopsis means 'like a butterfly or moth' and is derived from the Greek words 'Phalaina' (moth) and 'opsis' (similar to).
This plant originally came from Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Australia.
In the wild Phalaenopsis grows in trees, without taking any nutrition from its host. It can also be found growing in very well aerated soil such as humus and on rocks and rock clefts, generally near streams and rivers.
I need all the help to keep these beauties alive in our climate.
For now my main concern is to keep the room temperature as low as I can in the 36C (96.8F) summer heat we are having right now.
Any advice is welcome concerning care, please leave me some tips from your experiences.
Sorry for the late posting and late commenting, I'm moving very slowly in this heat.
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