I have always loved seeing this tree around my island and for the longest while I have wondered why did they chose this name? It always seemed a bit negative to me, almost condescending. Even while it felt that way I would feel like they greatly misunderstood. If this beautiful tree bearing such a multitude of orchids which the wealthy would spend so much money in producing one or two.. then wasn’t that poor man the luckier of the two? This poor man , despite life’s struggles, although he may not be able to afford a table filled with food, he would come home to a tree filled with gorgeous orchids. The more I heard them call it by that name, the more I felt as if this poor man was blessed and more wealthy.
One may think the poor man is lacking because he is unable to have a green house and actual orchids, but in this poor man’s eyes he has a tree filled with them and to him they are true, as any other.
Do you know this tree by any other name?