Confucius acknowledged orchids saying, “the association with a superior person is like entering a hall of orchids”. In 1595 a Chinese flower-arranging book “A Treatise of Vase Flowers” by Chang Ch’ien -te said orchids were in the top ranking of desirability.
The orchid is also the World’s Most Diverse Plant Family
There are between 30,000 and 40,000 species of Orchids making them the world’s most diverse plant family. Almost every month new species are found and documented and very often they are found to be a completely new genus. (source: Bella Online)
And the world’s most Popular Orchid is the Phalaenopsis. In fact, more phalaeonopsis orchids are grown and sold than any other type in the world. They come in a wide variety of colors from whites to vivid purples and blooms can last up to four months.