Orchid (蘭花) — elegance, nobility and self-respect
The Orchid used to represent good taste and beauty in Chinese
traditional culture. Well-written articles are called orchid articles
(兰章, lán zhāng), and great friends are orchid friends (兰友, lán yǒu).
Ancient Chinese valued orchids because the flower can live with
loneliness but remain elegant and graceful all the time, as the orchid
is usually said to be found in remote valleys, where it provides a nice
fragrance regardless of whether admirers are nearby. There is a chengyu
“空谷幽兰（literally meaning a beautiful orchid in an empty valley)” used
for describing noble and gentle personalities.