The story goes that around 1760 during one of his walks on an island near Java, the Dutch botanist Dr. C.L. Blume saw a group of some 20 butterflies floating almost motionless beside a tree. When he got closer, they turned out to be orchids. He later named them Phalaenopsis. He took these plants back to the Royal Botanical Gardens in England. Only wealthy and royal families could afford these highly exclusive plants. This says something about their remarkable decorative value. 10 years ago Professor Morel of France and Professor Knudson of America developed a method for producing large quantities of Phalaenopsis. This discovery has made Phalaenopsis more widely available.