There’s a lot more going on with the orchids than we may believe…
These beautiful plants may seem harmless enough, but their remarkable diversity may be the result of some rather cunning evolutionary tactics.
Case in point, the Dracula Orchid:
“Cunning” was never a word that popped into my head upon seeing an orchid, but since learning a little bit more about orchid evolution and the unique ways they thrive and survive, it’s now the first word that comes to mind!
There’s just so much going on under those gorgeous petals! Our friends at MinuteEarth can explain the orchid’s way of life a little better than I can, and they have made a short (and very cool!) video to do just that!
Who knew that the expensive plant you bought for Mother’s Day was actually so complex!
I mean, one species looks like a bee. That’s some incredible orchid evolution at work!
I’ve never related so strongly to a plant.
The Orchid family has over 25,000 species living all over the world, finding unique niches in their environments to call home. They come in a vast array of sizes, shapes and colors and every single one of them is beautiful.
The photograph here is of an extraordinary variety called the Monkey Orchid.
As I sat there learning about the orchid family all I could think of was how similar they are to us. We’re a species that has spread throughout the world, adapting our behaviors to suit the environment we’re in, often using our own cunning to further our species. Not to mention, we also tend to use our appearance and smell to attract someone and spread our genes. We come in different sizes, shapes, and colors and every single one of us is beautiful.
We’re just a small part of the world.
Our diversity, much like the orchid’s, is what adds complexity and richness to our species.
Maybe you could buy them an orchid and tell them all about these remarkable plants! It’s a win-win for you — bringing kindness and knowledge to the world. Just a thought!
Until then, go outside and find the beauty that surrounds you and remember, it’s still an amazing world out there!
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