FANTASIES AND FACTS ABOUT ORCHIDS
Amusing stories about orchids, ancient beliefs and remedies ...
Free Orchid shows.
Every month we hold a free orchid show; either near Preston, Manchester or Warrington.
New members are always welcome, but our normal monthly shows are free to all, come along and take a look at your local orchid society.
See our orchid show page
The RHS Flower Show
July 19th to 23rd 2017
Come along and meet us in the Society Marquee, free helpful advice and orchid potting demonstrations; we can supply you with top quality approved orchid compost.
The Society once again taken a Gold Medal in last years event, along with the coveted trophy for Best display in the Marquee.
Our display in 2015 year created in association with the OSGB and took Gold, as well as the coveted Holford Medal for a slideshow of it please click here
Fact or Fantasy
|Orchids have always appeared mysterious, and have therefore been the object of intrigue and curiosity of people for centuries. Ancient cultures believed magical cures for all sorts of ills could be made from the roots.|
|Two European types of terrestrial orchids
The Pink Butterfly and The Long Spurred Because
of the appearance of the pseudo bulbs of these
plants and others and their similarity in
appearance to certain part of the human anatomy,
they were considered to be the cure for many
sexual problems, indeed the word orchis is the
Latin name for testicle, and the Ancient Greeks
believed that elixirs made from orchid roots
would have aphrodisiac qualities, and be a cure
to various reproductive problems.
See also our story on orchis
In Theatrum Botanicum which was first published in 1640, a r. John Parkinson wrote:-
"if a man ate a large orchid tuber, he would begat many children"
Culpepper writing in the British Herbal stated:-
"The roots are to be used with discretion... They are hot and moist in operation, under the dominance of Venus, and provoke lust exceedingly which the dried and withered roots do restrain".
The ancient Chinese were one of the first people to use orchids as medicine, and some of the earliest paintings of orchids can be found on the oldest of Chinese vases.
In India in the 1800's a nutritious drink made from the roots of several orchid species was produced and known by the name of Salep or Saloop.
Today, one of our most popular flavourings Vanilla is derived from the seed pods of orchids.