Most people would mistakenly think that because orchids have a lot of variety and that it is very abundant, they thought that finding a specific variety of orchids will no longer be a problem. At times, finding a specific variety of orchid can be very difficult even if orchids comprise 10 percent of the flowering plant specie. It follows that rare objects is often what most people desires to have. But in the case of orchids, the rare orchid is not only the most wanted but is also the most beautiful.
However, how can we say that a specific variety of orchid is rare anyway? Is it their color, their size, or their variations? Read on to help you understand why some orchid species are considered rare.
There are a lot of factors that holds the responsibility for the rarity of some species of orchids. Among the many factors includes the destruction of their natural habitat. It is true that orchids are among the highly adaptable plants but they still cannot survive in the absence of canopy of trees. Pollution also has a significant effect on their slow process of growth and reproduction. If it happens that one generation is unable to reproduce, it will certainly have a bad effect on the slow cycle of growth of the orchids. These factors resulted to the rarity of some most wanted species and therefore resulted to the increase in its price.
The Phal amboinensis or albino orchid is one of the most desirable rare orchids. The unique color of these orchids is the reason why a lot of orchid collectors would want to own one. Orchid collectors will certainly go crazy over a mere sight of such an unusual and unique beauty. Albino orchids which are genetically altered have noticeably long stems and are more widely available than their natural counterparts. But still the natural albino is what most orchid collectors are looking for as compared to their genetically altered variant.
Cattelya is another variety of extremely desirable orchid. Raising these plants is somewhat difficult; however its difficulty has made them even more appealing. Even those who are well experienced orchid growers finds the cultivation of Cattelyas as a challenging task because the plants will not bloom properly if they are not provided with an environment that closely resembles their natural habitat. The flowers of the cattleya are very delicate and the plant itself requires extreme care for it to be able to procreate beautiful flowers.
Paphiopedilum is another genus of orchids that are commonly sought for. This variety of orchid became rare because of over harvesting. Before, these plants were abundantly found in northern Europe and Great Britain. But now, because of extreme harvesting, this plant can be found only at specialty shops of orchid. Supply of this variety of orchid is continuously decreasing.
The rare and unusual varieties of orchids are the most priced collection of orchid lovers. Once you master your skills of orchid growing, you can start growing these collector’s items that could be the envy of all orchid lovers out there.