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Monday, January 19, 2009

Aristocrats of the wild plants –

Orchids belong to the largest plant family on the earth with at least 880 genera and ~22,000 species (Kew Gardens). Rumphius (1627-1702) was the founder of Indonesian botanical exploration and the first to describe tropical orchids in a western language in his Ambonese Herbal. In Rumphius’ Orchids these thirty six detailed descriptions have been translated in English.
In the nineteenth century Orchid fever, orchidelirium, began in Europe. This phenomen was comparable with the Dutch tulipomania.

Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History will display orchids in their next exhibit commemorating Charles Darwing’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of “On the origin of Species” (January 24 - April 26).

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