There are orchid plants in the forests of Peru measuring forty-four feet from the ground to their highest leaves. In other parts of the world, they have found specimens that weigh a ton. Orchid flowers can be as tiny as dimes, or as heavy as two hundred twenty-five pounds.
No matter how large or small, the orchid has captured the imagination. For growers, the first signs of a new leaf or a bloom stalk peeking out from the center crevice, all the way to the end of a flower’s days, are mesmerizing. Like human faces, each and every flower in the vast Orchidaceae family has bilateral symmetry. I wonder if our passion for them is partially because they remind us of our loveliest selves.