Flowers are the natural perfumes of the world. Walking past a fragrant rose is like inhaling romance itself. There are so many types of flowers to love, those that are utterly tamed and those with wild qualities. Some of the most exotic, compelling flowers that exist today are grown in the tropical climates of the world. From Southeast Asia to Hawaii and onto South America and sub-saharan Africa, tropical flowers are the great beauties of the flowers world.
There are so many incredible varieties of tropical flowers, it is impossible to list them all here, they could fill encyclopedic sized books. But here is a list of some of the superstars of the tropical flower world:
Of all the tropical flowers in the world, the ones considered the most elegant, and truly the most exotic, are orchids. Their names are as exotic as their look, delicate flowers that spring off strange and ever growing branches. From cymbidiums to dendrobiums, cattleya and phalaenopsis, the orchid is the queen of the tropical flower world. They are intricate plants and require very specific needs to thrive. They are only happy in indirect sunlight, which mimicks the dense tropical forests in which they grow. They must have moist air, and will only flower when watered properly. Maintaining a flowering orchid is considered one of the great challenges in horticulture and orchid experts have sprung up around the world, as a highly paid, sought after consultants to those wanting to keep these gorgeous plants blooming.
ON the other end of the spectrum, anthuriums, grown everywhere from Southeast Asia to Hawaii, are very hearty. They are thought to be the longest lasting tropical plants, lasting for 2-3 weeks after cutting. They sport a beautiful heart shaped leaf, which is fire engine red in color.
Bird of Paradise, a tall, amazon-like flower, which is seen in all warm climates, is a fantastic show piece. It comes in a large variety of bold colors, from red to yellow, and yes, it’s flower resembles a bird, most likely a peacock, and runs as tall as a rooftop.
There are many varieties of the Protea, a rich looking flower thought to have begun in the south American rain forests and spread to other places on earth. Its flower resembles a sun, with a fantastic orange yellow orb in the middle and elegant petals which unfold from its middle.
For those who have become interested in tropical flowers there are hundreds of great publications devoted to cataloguing flower varieties. It is worth an afternoon at the local library, or even a trip to a local nursery to begin to great adventure.