According to teleflora, at the peak of the Victorian era, between 1838 and 1910, there was an obsession with orchids. In addition, The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden reported that there were actually hunters who traveled to remote areas across the world searching specifically for these blossoms. They went to great lengths to retrieve them, often having to deal with angry locals and officials. However, their efforts were not in vain. One shipment alone could be worth up to $80,000 during that time.
Following are 12 fascinating orchid facts, adapted from Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens:
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