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Buy orchids for their foliage?! Are you NUTS?!?!?
Yes, but only jewel orchids.
Not very often but once in a while I do.
Well, yes. Doesn't everybody?
This is a discussion on Ever buy an orchid just for its foliage? within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I like the foliage just as much as the flower, afterall without foliage ther would ...
I like the foliage just as much as the flower, afterall without foliage ther would really be no flower
some vanillas have no foliage too... but actually I like the hanging roots of Vandas... they look like some sort of fancy Tillandsias!
I voted for the first option. I guess I grow orchids for flowers, foliage is nice to have, but only if it has flowers too.
Then, I thought some more about this particular post out of curiosity over Dendrophylax lindenii, the "Ghost Orchid," orchid foliage, and the function of foliage. I am not too familiar with Dendrophylax lindenii admittedly. . . . That said, it is my recollection that the roots of the "Ghost Orchid" contain the necessary chlorophyll for the orchid to photosynthesize. So I am wondering: If we then, think to ourselves about the purpose of foliage, which is essentially to convert the energy from the sun for the plant's use; Is there not a sense in which the roots of Dendrophylax lindenii function much like leaves? The presence of chlorophyll as sufficient to the plant's need for photosynthesis seems to suggest that they do to me, at least.
Clearly the roots of the "Ghost Orchid" serve as roots; in that, they (1) anchor the plant to the tree as well as (2) absorb and provide moisture and nutrients to the plant. But, can it be the case that for this so-called "leafless" orchid, the roots qua leaves--"as providing photosynthesize for the plant"--are in fact, at least, in one sense, orchid foliage?
Perhaps, my questions have stretched the case too far in thought! Maybe there are morphological qualities that leaves have that roots never do, or vice versa . . . ? I am not sure really. I am not trained in biology. Yet, seemingly, morphological characteristics are not alone the exclusivity of what defines a plant's organ, albeit leaf or root. Function has a lot to do with it, too, I should think.
Dendrophylax lindenii has a certain aesthetic to it as "leafless," as evident by the photo below of the orchid out of bloom. It retains our fascination clearly. Nevertheless, if we admit that in some cases that roots behave like leaves, as in the Ghost Orchid, does not these "roots" of Dendrophylax lindenii share in appeal an aesthetic? I could thus see the case where some people might think so. . . .
By the way, Dendrophylax lindenii's flower is not bad either. (See image below.) Aren't orchids amazingly complex in nature? (lol)
In any case, I enjoyed thinking about the above as prompted by the quoted post. It made me think, in other words . . .
haha.... Tim, I enjoy your posts very much.
KInd of looks like a beheaded Phalaenopsis after all!
Vanda roots are similar in shape and function...
who could pass up a glaucous leaf like this with cute white flowers
And D. anceps has very cool foliage
I also added D manii for the foliage.
Last edited by Ron-NY; October 19th, 2009 at 04:26 PM.