Orchids are amazing! Many of the showiest orchids are epiphytic, meaning they attach themselves to other woody plants with their roots and get their nutrients and water from the air and rain. Some orchids are parasitic, and do derive their nutrients from host fungi. Some orchids are terrestrial and can be found in forests all over the world.
They are the source of vanilla, they come in a wide array of vivid colors, they sometimes resemble insects or animals, there are over 25,000 documented species of orchids, and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica. The flowers of some orchids can last as long as 6 months! My Phalaenopsis bloomed for 3 months last year.
In addition to all of these interesting traits about orchids, they often have stunning flowers! The orchid rooms in botanical gardens are my favorite places to go. I discover a new orchid every time.