Pink Orchids/The Greek Myth of Orchis

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Orchidaceae (along with asteraceae) is one of the two largest families of flowering plants, with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species. The family also includes the delicious vanilla.

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 of Dionysus. 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.

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