Travel Photo Thursday: Jamaican Orchids

I don’t have a green thumb but I love flowers, especially orchids. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to love me. Each time I buy one, I think it will be different, it will last more than a few months.  Each time, I’ve been wrong.

Now that I’m in Jamaica, where orchids are plenty and grow wild, I’m tempted but I’m gun shy. So for now, I’m satisfied to take photos of the ones I see.

Jamaican orchid
Jamaican orchid

Over 30,000 species of orchids can be found worldwide. Approximately 230 are found in Jamaica. Of that number, about 70 are endemic to the island.

The main threat to Jamaican orchids is from the destruction of their habitats caused by land clearing for housing, hotel and agricultural development, bauxite and/or limestone mining, harvesting of forest products for timber, fuel wood, fish pots, yam sticks and fence posts.

Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid

The second greatest threat to the species is believed to be collection by orchid enthusiasts for local and international trade. The government has enacted legislation to protect their habitats and regulate the orchid trade. Sanctuaries have also been established to relocate orchids that are found in areas under threat.

These orchids are from the gardens of friends and family.

Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid
Jamaican Orchid

This one is known locally as Poor Man’s Orchid. It sure looks like it could be.

Poor Man's Orchid
Poor Man's Orchid

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53 comments on “Travel Photo Thursday: Jamaican Orchids

  1. Thanks, Leigh. Orchids are definitely beautiful and fragile but yet they grow wild.
    I asked a grower about that once. She told me she has different species so she always has one blooming.

  2. Surrounded by flowers, fruit trees and greenery, it’s hard for me to think of snow. When I spoke with family and friends this week, everyone was complaining about how cold they were. No, I don’t miss New York though I had thought I would have.

  3. The colors are quite vibrant. I didn’t realize how many different violets and purples I had until I created the post. Glad to find the yellow one and be able to break up the color.

  4. Beautiful orchid photos! You caught the delicacy and strength of those wonderful plants. Even if the poor man’s orchid isn’t an orchid, it fits right in with the others. Jamaica–“land of wood and water” and breathtaking beauty.

  5. They are. The best thing to do if you love orchids is to join an orchid society or go to shows. There you can find growers who will sell for much less than if you bought from a florist.
    Yup, we do that here too. I’ve also seen them growing from coconut husks, probably for the same reason.

  6. They are beautiful.

    I’m the same with coriander – I think it’s called cilantro over there.

    I said to my husband the other day “do not let me buy any more pots of coriander, the last lot is turning up its heels”. I love coriander but I just can’t grow it.

    I haven’t tried orchids though!
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  7. Such a contrast, these two places. I know you must be relieved to be away from the constant busyness of the city. I have an artist friend from Jamaica, who’s still in Atlanta, building his home to retire back in Jamaica. The economy has delayed some of the progress but sounds like it’s going to be an extraordinary home to live in, with ALL the fixings.
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  8. Only 4 hours away and a world apart. Sometimes, like now, all I hear is dogs barking. Other times, birds or insects.
    My ex has an artist friend who lives in Atl. I was going to ask the name of your friend but this is too public for that. A lot of people start building or buy before they retire so that when they’re ready everything’s set up; all they have to do is move in.

  9. They sure are.
    Try growing another herb and see if you get the same results. I’ve heard my cousin, who’s got such a green thumb, complain that one particular plant never thrives with her. I concluded from that that some plants just don’t do well with some people.
    If you’re good with other plants, try an orchid. I don’t know about where you are but before you do, talk to a grower — if you have flower shows, there should be some there — and they’ll tell you what to do.

  10. This orchids are so beautiful. I really love the fushia’s one, in the middle of the post, so wonderful colour and shape !!

  11. What a shame that many of the orchids you have photographed are not actually endemic to Jamaica, but Asian…

  12. I live in Phuket, Thailand and as your probably aware, its the home of Orchids, they are everywhere, it a beautiful sight!

  13. The third photo looks like a little angel in the orchid. very nice photos. Just being able to see these fragile and exotic flowers is reason enough to travel.

  14. These are lovely, but Orchids are not that hard to care for and propagate. there are plenty of sources on the internet to learn how to care for them. I\’m sorry that your version of CommentLuv did not pick up my link. My website is one of those that try to simplify the process.
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  15. For you, it might not be hard to care for but for me – maybe because I’m nervous I’ll kill them ’cause I think they’re fragile – they’re hard.
    Thanks for the tip about orchids in stores and MiracleGrow.

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