OrchidBox Plants + Conservation
One of the primary missions of OrchidBox is to assist in conservation and conservation awareness. Many plant species that are severely threatened by deforestation and encroachment of civilization are unknown to many people. Part of our mission is to highlight the stories of these plants and show how OrchidBox fits into the picture.
Nepenthes pitopangii is a member of the Nepenthes genus of pitcher plants, and is on the verge of extinction. Nepenthes secrete nectar and specialize in catching various winged and crawling insects such as ants and gnats.
Also known as the American pitcher plant, these plants are native to the eastern seaboard of the United States. They are threatened in the wild by the development of their swampy habitats, and also from runoff herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. They are highly skilled at catching flies and other winged insects.
The star of the show - Orchids form a HUGE genus of plants, containing over 50,000 species. Not limited to the ones you see in stores and flower shops, Orchids form one of the most diverse groups of plants in existence. From tiny species the size of a dime to species larger than 15 feet in diameter, to Orchids that mimic bees, Orchids make for a very interesting group of plants.
Heliamphora "Sun Pitchers"
These carnivorous plants are constantly threatened by illegal plant collectors and developments in South American marshes. These plants specialize in catching terrestrial insects, and you can grow these in your OrchidBox until they become too large (2-3 years).
Drosera is one of the largest genera of carnivorous plants. Sundews lure, capture, and digest insects using stalked mucilaginous glands covering their leaf surfaces. The insects are used to supplement the poor mineral nutrition of the soil in which the plants grow. Sundews vary greatly in size in form, ranging from tiny pygmy sundews to the King Sundew, which is large enough to catch flies and wasps.
Tillansdia or "air plants" are related to bromeliads and are native to the forests, mountains and deserts of northern Mexico and south-eastern United States, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean to mid Argentina.
Or formally Dionaea muscipula, is a carnivorous plant native to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States in North Carolina and South Carolina. Well known to many - but successfully cultivated by few - these are a staple at the nursery checkout counter. Sadly, they are also being poached from our lands on a daily basis, and are also very sensitive to herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizer runoff. They are highly threatened in the wild and are seeing rapidly declining numbers. With OrchidBox, you can finally successfully grow Venus flytraps with ease! Never kill one again.
Mosses are small flowerless plants that typically grow in dense green clumps or mats, often in damp or shady locations.
A fern is a member of a group of vascular plants that reproduce via spores and have neither seeds nor flowers. They differ from mosses by being vascular, i.e., having specialized tissues that conduct water and nutrients. Many miniature species exist and can be well suited for an OrchidBox terrarium.
Succulents are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Miniature succulents make a great OrchidBox plant.
Jewel Orchids include plants from the genera Ludisia, Macodes, Anoectochilus, and Goodyera. Grown mainly for their ornamental leaves, many of which make great terrarium plants.
African violets are native to Tanzania and adjacent southeastern Kenya in eastern tropical Africa. Several of the species and subspecies are endangered, and many more are threatened, due to their native cloud forest habitats being cleared for agriculture.