Friday, October 8, 2010


I laughed as I typed Orchiophile, it sounded like a rare disease, then I realized it is a disease or maybe addiction is more precise. Orchiophile is very contagious, all it takes is exposure to one beautiful, elegant, and exotic Orchid and you want more. Over a 1,000 new orchid species have been discovered in the past twelve years. Ecuador is home to 4,000 orchid species, and last December the world's smallest orchid was discovered there by accident. An ecologist (Loou Jost) collected an orchid of a larger species to study in his greenhouse. Months later he saw a tiny plant nestled in the roots of the flower. The tiny orchid is just over 2 millimeters (0.08 inch) and nearly see through. The variety and beauty of orchids can be enjoyed all year.

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