As well as being a unique and stunning environment the cloud forest is home to plethora of orchid species. Their strange and delicate flowers are a perfect match for the strange and delicate cloud forest environment. Here are some stunning close up photographs.
The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants with colorful and fragrant blooms, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants.
The family also includes Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant) and many commonly cultivated plants that you might find in your garden.
According to wikipedia the Greek myth of Orchis explains the origin of the plants.:
Orchis, the son of a nymph and a satyr, came upon a festival of Dionysus (Bacchus) in the forest. He drank too much, and attempted to rape a priestess. For his insult, he was torn apart by the Bacchanalians. His father prayed for him to be restored, but the gods instead changed him into a flower.
Orchids are very useful plants. They have been used in traditional medicine in an effort to treat many diseases and ailments. They are also used in foods, like vanilla, or to flavour drinks., and perfumers use them to identify fragrant chemicals to use for new perfumes.