Orchids are high up on the pedestal in the botany world because while they are beautiful, they are fragile and each is unique. They are considered to be limited edition versions of flowers that now many can get their hands on because of its high cost. This is a fact not foreign to Thailand orchid exporters because they know how difficult it is to breed orchids.
Ever since orchid breeding was discovered, breeders are known to take care of their crops from the nursery wherein the plants are given neonatal care. The first orchid in Japan that is recognized as a houseplant is the Neofinetiafalcata. Unfortunately, according to the Ministry of Environment in Japan, this particular species of orchid with a jasmine smell is already considered critically endangered along with more than 70 per cent of the native orchid species in the country.
The Neofinetiafalcata orchid was first discovered in Japan during the 17th century. It is called by the locals as furan which means wind orchid. This eventually became a symbol of wealth and nobility. There was a specific time in the history of Japan when only samurais are allowed to breed Neofinetiafalcata.
Nowadays, Neofinetiafalcata is common in Japan, southeast China, Ryukyu Islands and South Korea. It is often kept damp because it usually blooms during the wet monsoon season which means between the months of June and July in Japan.
In 2005, an auction was held in Japan wherein the highest bidder was able to get a rare Neofinetiafalcata for $70,000. This is proof that the plant is held in high standards similar to that of a first edition manuscript and a famous painting. There is an official organization that registers and ranks the fuukiran known as Japanese Fuukiran Society. In order to grow this specific species, one needs an invitation. This is deemed as the perfect orchid according to the history of Japan.
Around the world, there are other orchid species considered prized plant and Thailand orchid exporters know the values of each species for which they are known as experts in breeding and trading.