R. warner   b.s. williams   the orchid album   volume 07   plate 323 %281888%29 Guarianthe bowringiana (as syn. Cattleya bowringiana) plate 323 in: R.Warner - B.S.Williams: The Orchid Album (1882-1897).

Fragrant Orchids

Curiosity

by Anu Dharmani

Originally published in BellaOnline

Posted by Sys Admin about 2 years ago.

Article Blog   Article Index

Plants, including orchids produce scents as an aid to pollination. Many of the orchids employ scent production as bait or a deception tactic, producing scents similar to female insects. Male pollinating insects get attracted to these orchids and while they are trying to copulate, the pollen gets picked up. A particular type of bees collects chemicals from the fragrant flowers to make a particular scent of their own and then use it for mating displays.

Orchids produce many different types of scents. Most famous of orchid scents is Vanilla. There are orchids with citrusy, floral and even pungent smells.

It is not necessary that the orchid which was producing scent in the nursery, will be producing that same scent at your home. The Rynchostylis retusa which I had picked up from a tree was producing a strong citrus-like scent, but when I placed it in my orchidarium, the scent reduced many fold. For next two seasons no scent was produced, but in the third season I did detect a mild scent from that orchid. This was probably the reaction of the plant to the changed growing conditions and an absence of pollinating insects.

I have compiled a list of fragrant orchids. How they smell I do not want to describe that because my smell powers may be vastly different than yours! You can check out the orchids list below, whether they are to your taste (or rather smell!) or not. 

List of Fragrant Orchids
Aerides fieldingii, A. odorata
Angraceum birrimense
Bulbophyllums: These most produce bad smells.
Cattleya: Some of these produce good fragrances, e.g. Cattleya bowringiana, Cattleya iricolor, Cattleya labiate
Coelogyne cristata, Coelogyne flaccida, Coelogyne nitida, Coelogyne speciosa
Cymbidium eburneum, Cymbidium ensifolium. 
Cypripedium himalaicum, Cypripedium parviflorum, Cypripedium pubescens
Dendrobium agregatum, Dendrobium anceps, Dendrobium formosum, 
Epidendrum angaritae, Epidendrum falcatum
Eria vittata
Gastrochilus calceolaris, Gastrochilus japonica
Gymnadenia conopsea
Habenaria fimbriata, Habenaria repens 
Zygopetalums

Share on Social Media:  
Log in to Add a Comment
New Topics
  1. 92f7c225 2490 4d3b 822c 2f4b8f30d6b8 Mary Lane asked question Add an orchid to my space in category General Discussion
  2. Milena Radeva asked question Orchid name in category Phalaenopsis
  3. Gilda Gómez asked question Dendrobium loddigesii in category General Discussion
  4. Edward Zapata asked question Selfing Question on Pollinating. in category General Discussion
  5. Edward Zapata asked question Name of Cymbidium? in category General Discussion
New Comments
  1. 92f7c225 2490 4d3b 822c 2f4b8f30d6b8 Mary Lane commented on topic "Add an orchid to my space" by Mary Lane
  2. Image Carol Holdren commented on orchid Den. Little Andree
  3. Image Carol Holdren commented on topic "Orchid name" by Milena Radeva
  4. Ronald Young commented on member plant Ett. Volcano Trick by Ronald Young
  5. giuseppe di ciommo commented on scheduled event "Southern Ontario Orchid Society Orchid Show & Sale" by Southern Ontario Orchid Society
  6. Gilda Gómez commented on topic "Dendrobium loddigesii" by Gilda Gómez
  7. Gilda Gómez commented on topic "How to add a not-listed plant" by Adrienne Alexander
  8. Image Carol Holdren commented on member plant Rlc. Prada Green Deluxe by Mary Lane
  9. Edward Zapata commented on topic "Selfing Question on Pollinating. " by Edward Zapata
  10. Edward Zapata commented on orchid Wils. Tropic Breeze