An orchid at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History "Orchids of Latin America" exhibit, known as a "Jungle Monarch." | Miriam Kramer

5 Surprising Facts About Orchids

Here are five interesting facts you may not have known about one of the most popular flowers in the world.

April 10, 2013
10:45 AM EDT
A pierced orchid resembles a human face. | Catherine Raillard/Corbis
Horticultural student Christine Buchmann poses with an Ophrys Ciliata orchid. The Ophrys Ciliata which looks like a bee, flowers annually before the female bees emerge, attracting male bees to pollinate it. | Stephen Hird/Corbis
A bee approaches an orchid. | Michael & Patricia Fogden/Corbis
A man holds a branch of a flowering vanilla plant in one hand and picked vanilla beans in the other in Raiatea, French Polynesia. | Owen Franken/Corbis