The Orchid refers to a naturally occurring flower which grew along the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates well into 700 BCE, but continued to exist in some form in modern day Turkey. The Orchid was thought to be a staple in the diets of certain stone age tribes, but due to changing weather patterns, the growth and harvest of the Orchid was significantly curbed. Some ethanobotanists theorize that the decline in the consumption of the Orchid coincides with the rise of spoken and/or written languages.
Currently, the Orchid is cultivated by both PROJECT PANTHEON, and GLOCKNER Medical, which distill from it Experimental Substance 6, commonly referred to as XS6. XS6, in turn, is the drug used to produce Manipulators.