The History of Orchids in Ancient Greece


Orchids are one of the most common species in the world. There are over 25,000 orchids species which can be very common as it is very adaptable and can help overcome climate change. Orchids on all of the continents of the earth are just about any climate you can think of which were found from the times of the dinosaurs roamed the earth as they eventually become stringer and start to evolve.

Orchids have a history which can be seen in Chinese medicine, Darwin’s explorations and Ancient Greece. The Greeks believed that orchids could influence fertilisation which depends on the size of the flowers. Orchids came from classic mythology which was based out their beliefs. The name orchid was said to be derived from ‘Orchis’ who was the son of a nymph and satyr. Orchis was torn apart by wild beasts after attempting to rape a priestess later he transformed into Orchids after his death. Ancient greeks look at orchids as a symbol of fertility and sexual reproduction.

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Ancient Greeks first penned the name Orchids, which can be translated to the Ancient green word for testicles. This name is due to the shape of a pseudobulb which is shaped the like a testicle. The story of orchids has many beliefs about how orchids can influence sexual reproduction. There is also a myth that the male could eat east large orchids, and it would influence the conception of a boy.  This was one of the most popular beliefs which were considered to be proven. They believed that females could eat the smaller petals, which can make it easier to conceive a baby girl. This whole theory was completely ignored, which made it impossible to eliminate the theory.

The Ancient Greeks used orchids to help produce many other commodities to help throughout the history of orchids. There are many products which are made from orchids from vanilla flavouring, medicine to perfume. Orchids have been used to produce a wide range of products which involved almost everything. The Orchid was a symbol for the work of CRRC, which is the model of sexual reproduction. The beauty of its flower is appealing to humans as its sexual reproduction involves around the pollination partner, visual, olfactory, tactile signals. It also represents the quality of life and propagation to have enhanced advanced cells in molecular biology, genetics, ecology and conservation for years.

In China and Japan, they were known for their aesthetic and architectural value. Confucius compared the plant to a man with the pleasure of friendship. Today the genus Paphiopedilum was named after the Paphos, a temple where the love goddess Aphrodite was worshipped as it was seen as one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs.

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