National Geographic : 1940 Apr
VENEZUELA'S CAPITAL-CITY OF CONTRASTS © National geographicc Society Kodtachrome by Luis Marden CARACAS GIRLS PICK THEIR ORCHIDS DIRECT FROM THE TREE This massive bunch of blooms has been transplanted from high branches to the crotch of a trunk on a private estate. Although the plants grow on trees, they are not parasites, since they live upon the moisture they take from the air. Because this variety, ( l//eya mossiac, blooms early in spring. the (lowers are commonly called "Easter orchids." Many plants are shipped to greenhouses in the United States by professional orchid hunters, who search for them in tropical forests.