NATURE explores why many creatures — humans included — seem to have an Obsession with Orchids.
No flowering plant has captured the attention of humans, or stirred their passions, in quite the way that orchids have. In past ages, orchids — in all their 20,000 or so wild varieties — have been hunted and collected in almost every part of the world. Today, millions of people remain devoted to the plant and its exotically beautiful “faces.” NATURE looks at the human fascination with these strangely compelling flowers in Obsession with Orchids.
The program was filmed in such diverse locations as Thailand, Majorca, Central America, the Caribbean, England, and the United States, and at the 1999 World Orchid Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, where enthusiasts from all walks of life gathered under the spell of an astonishing variety of the flowers from nearly every part of the planet.
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About the Writer
David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.
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Photographed and Directed by
Dr. Hans Banziger
Dr. Philip Cribb
Dr. Robert Dressler
Dr. Dora Emilia Mora De Retana
Professor Hannes Paulus
The BBC wishes to thank:
Bangkok Flower Centre
Eric Young Orchid Foundation
Kent Wildlife Trust
Lankester Botanical Gardens
Malcolm Perry Orchids
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The Royal Horticultural Society
Universidad De Costa Rica
Narration written by
Julie Schapiro Thorman
Patrick Gambuti, Jr.
Additional sequences directed by
Director of Photography
William Rexer II
Still photography provided by
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
The Luesther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York
Special Thanks to:
Vancouver Orchid Society
Vancouver Trade And Convention Center
Juan Carlos Uribe
Skip Blanchard, Ph.D.
Eric Lamont, Ph.D.
Gustavo A. Romero, Ph.D., F.L.S.
Harvard University Herbaria , Cambridge, Ma
Executive In Charge
A Co-Production of Thirteen/WNET And BBC-TV
This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.