Sugar Flowers Cake Decorating
Make a statement with these
stunning sugar flowers for cake decorating, Dendrobium Orchids
from Ann's Sugarcraft Heaven.
If you would like me to add the ribbons and decorations to your cake for you at a small extra cost please feel free to contact me, this of course depends on your location and distance from Leeds.
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Meaning and History
Dendrobium has the name originated from the Greek dendron (meaning tree) and bios (meaning life). This is a large genus of tropical orchids that consists of about 1200 species.
Dendrobium is the second-largest orchid
genus in the orchid family, which has over 700 genera. The genus occurs
in diverse habitats throughout Asia, the Philippines, Borneo,
Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand.
The orchid's name derives from the Greek word "orchis," meaning "testicle." Its history is associated with lust, greed, and wealth. Some orchids are called "ladies' fingers," "ladies' tresses," or "long purples." Orchids were collected extensively during the 1800s. History relays that at one point, four thousand trees were cut down to collect the orchids growing on their branches. One collector alone was believed to have sent hundreds of thousands of orchids to England, where, unfortunately, most of them died.
There are almost 25,000 different types of orchid. Greek women thought they could control the sex of their unborn children with orchid roots. They believed that if the father consumed large, new tubers, the child would be male and, if the mother ate small tubers, the child would be female. The orchid's reproductive behavior has been a basis for study for years amongst botanists for years. The orchid's peculiarity is that for its seed to germinate it needs to be penetrated by fungus threads. The paphiopedilum orchid was named for Phaphos, a temple on Cyprus where the love goddess Aphrodite was worshiped.The most famous orchid, the vanilla orchid, was said to give strength to the Aztecs, who drank vanilla mixed with chocolate.
The color of the orchid delivers strong messages. It brings a universal message of love, beauty, wisdom, and thoughtfulness. In China it signifies refinement, and the innocence of children. A pink orchid signifies pure affection. The popular cattalya orchid symbolizes mature charm, which is why it's a "natural" for Mother's Day corsages.