It counts a legend, that a warm morning appeared in the coasts of Java a delicate and perfumed goddess covered with a chal one. It took a walk placidly by a forest of sandalwoods, oaks, chestnut tree and magnolias, where the rays of the sun at night filtered between the branches of the trees dissipating the shades. When disappearing the goddess, was on a branch the delicate chal, in whose you fold played the shades and the light. The chal was transformed into a beautiful and mysterious flower, the orchid, one of most beautiful and delicate of the nature. The plant died when the men, without gentleness some pisotearon, it leaving it in the ground.
Only the kindness of the goddess could make revivir the germs that were, in order that in the world, since then they bloomed for admiration of all the beings who to him belonged. Today, they are hall flowers, of luxury, but they yesterday joined the men and the women of the town in great branches for offering to its Gods. Characteristics and habitats. – The scientific name of this family comes from the Greek Orchis, that it means testicle, and it makes reference to the form of its radical tubercles. They are of the alive organisms more numbers of the vegetal kingdom with more than 35,000 species than, especially in the tropical zones, they are characterized to have very great and showy flowers.
They can live between fifty and seventy years and, for being of slow growth, esteem that pass about four years from the germination of the seed until the first flower is obtained. The evolved family of all the phanerogamic ones considers itself more, since through time have obtained that their flowers have the aspect of the insects polinizan that them, bees and bumblebees essentially. Perhaps most important of the peculiarities that they own she is that a orchid of certain species can be fertilized by one of different sort, of whose relation arises a hybrid that will share the characteristics of its biological parents.