Dear Calyx Customer, We hope that despite the current situation, our flowers and plants can bring a smile or a ray of hope to you and your loved ones. There is good in the world and the beauty of nature reaffirms that every day. Our thoughts are with each of you. We will continue to send your orders of flowers and plants from our farms daily. Thank you for your loyalty. Sincerely, Mark Ranalletti CEO, Calyx Flowers 3/27/20
From the Greek “phalaina” (a moth) and “opsis” (resembles), referring to the likeness of the flower to a large moth.
Orchids have long been highly sought after, probably for the unusual beauty of their design. Orchid hunters in the nineteenth century collected them by the ton, and chopped down as many as four thousand trees at one time for the Orchids growing on them.
Most are classified as “epiphytes” or air plants as they grow on other plants and elevated supports. They are not parasites but obtain water and nutrients through a spongy covering of their roots.
Chilling injury or ethylene damage appears as translucent or dried patches on petals and sepals.
This family is generally believed to contain the largest number of species, somewhere around 30,000.