11 Swoon-Worthy Photos from the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

There's a reason it's called "Orchidelirium."

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If you can't get enough of orchids, you're not alone. An obsession with the showy bloom is actually a documented phenomenon — 19th-century collectors went to insane lengths to find and cultivate each breathtaking flower, and the historic flower craze is now the theme of the 's 14th annual .

"Orchidelirum" opens tomorrow at the Bronx conservatory, and the insider snaps of the exhibit certainly do the title justice. According to the , avid horticulturists in Victorian England would pay over $100,000 in today's money to send explorers to exotic jungles around the world in search of new varieties. The rivalrous naturalists (and fortune seekers) risked life and limb to bring back thousands of plants — but only 1% of the delicate flora would survive the journey home.

While the travelers' exploits sound straight out of an adventure novel (and have inspired many), the efforts have resulted in more than 30,000 existing varieties, some of which are now on display. The NYBG's show-stopper, however, is not a single bloom but an enormous stone waterfall covered in hundreds of the colorful flowers.

Check out some of the prettiest plants below, and visit the for more information on visiting the exhibit.

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Oncidium

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Since the large petals resemble large skirts, these blooms have earned the nickname "dancing ladies."

Cymbidium

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"Boat orchids" come from tropical Asian countries like Malaysia and Borneo.

Psychopsis

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These beauties are commonly known as "butterfly orchids" — just check out the antennae!

Purple Vanda

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The Vanda genus is prized for its fragrant and intensely-colorful flowers.

White Phalaenopsis

Beginner gardeners should start with "moth orchids," which are some of the easiest to grow.

Pink Vanda

Orchid seeds are super tiny – around the size of .

Brassia

use their long, wispy petals to attract wasps.

Epidendrum

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Don't forget to look up — the epidendrum genus grows mostly on trees.

Red Jewel

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This ruby beauty is actually a hybrid species.

Pink Phalaenopsis

They're already hard to miss, but moth orchids can bloom .

The Show-Stopping Centerpiece

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It's impossible to miss the exhibit's main event: hundreds of orchids cascading a towering waterfall.

Take a quick tour

For even more orchid varieties featured in the show, check out this preview video from the New York Botanical Garden.

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