Basic Orchidology 101 Seminar with Mr. Ray Ong

Gancayco Hall, Century Hall, Quezon Memorial Circle , Quezon City-Philippines


Philippine Horticultural Society in cooperation with  Philippine Orchid Conservation and Preservation Volunteer  ( POCaPV ) members .

The two-day basic orchid culture and training seminar aims to teach the people to become aware of the importance of different kinds of orchids , its importance to mankind, horticulture and to the economy .

Orchid habitats

Orchids can be found in almost every corner of the planet with 25,000 to 30,000 species of orchids . This is side from over 100,000 man-made hybrids developed during the past 150 years . They are found on every continent except Antarctica and  in Arctic circle . There are species in about every habitat that plants grow. although most species are found in the tropics.

 floricultural importance of orchids

It is quite amazing that with the advent of social media age and with facebook , twitter, groups and blogging age- The seminar attracted over 70 participants from different parts of the country .

importance of orchid as commercial produce

Some of the participants were from Laguna, Batangas, Quezon , La Union , Metro Manila , Makati , Antipolo, San Mateo , Rizal and some came from as far as Bicol provinces and teachers from O.B. Montessori .

participants at the Gancayco Hall

After about 1 hour at the nearby pavilion, The group moved to Justice Gancayco Hall within Century Club Pavilion- The venue was named after the former Supreme Court Justice which is also one of the founders of the club .

Ophrys flowers mimic virgin females of their pollinators, and thereby attract males for pollination. Stimulated by scent, the males attempt to copulate with flower labella and thereby ensure pollination.

Here, we show for the first time, to our knowledge, that pollinator attraction in sexually deceptive orchids may be based on a few specific chemical compounds. Some orchid attracts pollinators by using mimicry , scents, colors,  and deception .

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