When buying any orchids, in the description of the characteristics of which there is a note about fragrance, it is worth clarifying exactly how they smell and how strong the aroma is. Like other fragrant plants, orchids with a medium and strong aroma should be selected individually and according to your taste, because the perception of smells is very personal and does not always lend itself to logic. Orchids with a strong smell will also require the right choice of place: they cannot be placed in small rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, if they rest there during the hours of the highest intensity of the aroma. In this article we will tell you about orchids with a fruity aroma, a scent of exquisite perfume and a very dubious “amber”.
Orchids with aromas of fruits and exquisite perfumes. Potinara
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If you are a fan of fruit aromas in houseplants, then you should look for such scents among orchids. Amazing associations are caused by such varieties of spectacular indoor orchids as calantes, cellogynes, bulbophillums. Sometimes they exude almost the same scent as flowering citrus trees and envelop the entire room in a sweet cloud of easily recognizable scents.
The gorgeous citrus queen calantes are absolutely the best among citrus-scented orchids. Some resemble flowering citrus trees, others are freshly harvested fruits.
Kalanta striata (Calanthe striata), which smells like freshly grated orange peel or bittersweet tangerines just picked from a tree, and calante Siebold (Calanthe sieboldii), whose aroma is reminiscent of the intense and refreshing tone of lemon zest, are absolute favorites.
All calantes are easily recognizable: oval pseudobulbs can release up to 6 leaves, sessile, folded, large-massive, dark green. Kalanti shed their leaves as the peduncle grows, and when the first flowers bloom, the plant remains naked (from the leaves).
Bent back, medium-sized, sepals and petals emphasize the grace of the three-lobed lip and create the effect of soaring, airy flowers in a very graceful, multi-flowered, drooping at the ends of the brush. Up to 30 flowers with a diameter of up to 6 cm bloom on one peduncle, the snow-white background for the pink lip looks radiant.
Mottled cellogyne (Coelogyne lentiginosa) with a light, spicy-lemon, very tasty aroma has won many hearts. This is a very beautiful orchid with oval, neat, rich green pseudobulbs and surprisingly graceful flowers. Creamy lanceolate petals accentuate the beauty of the lips – with outgrowths, spots and unusual specks.
Delicate and touching, this orchid surprises not only with its pleasant scent. Compact size, folded-lanceolate, most often straight leaves and peduncles up to 16 cm in height are the undoubted advantages of the species. Up to 6 flowers bloom on each stem, and they open at the same time.
But other types of cellogyne also have surprisingly floral aromas – musky, lily, perfumery, strong during the day and not felt at night.
Euhile citrus (Euchile lemon) – a charming orchid with a citrus bouquet and lemon-colored flowers. It is a medium-sized sympodial orchid with a height of only 25 cm with five centimeter, thin-cylindrical pseudobulbs and gray-green, oval, drooping leaves with a thin tip and not as coarse texture as most other orchids.
A waxy white bloom emphasizes the brightness of flowers on peduncles up to 10 cm long, hanging down. With a diameter of about 7 cm, the bell-shaped flowers never open completely, but are surprisingly symmetrical. With the same length of all parts and a huge lip, flaunting a wavy white edge and a very bright yellow throat, they are unforgettable.
Pleione spotted (Pleione maculata) Is one of the most original white orchids, the aroma of which is reminiscent of the intense and complex aroma of plucked apples.
It is a compact, up to 25 cm tall, epiphytic orchid with folded, straight, fairly light leaves and unique flowers, in which sepals and petals are of the same size and shape – lanceolate, elongated, straight.
White strict petals perfectly emphasize the huge lip, intricately decorated with fringe along the edge and several rows of yellow-pink spots. The milky shade of white is complemented by the texture of the petals, which is porcelain-pearl and makes the flowers even more massive.
Bulbophillum variegated (Bulbophyllum picturatum) has an aroma that is associated with a refreshing light scent of watermelon or melon. This is a miniature orchid that does not exceed 25 cm in height during flowering.
Bulbophyllum variegated – a sympodial epiphyte with very densely spaced smooth, ovoid pseudobulbs, producing only one lanceolate rigid leaf up to 12 cm long. , light, light green, spotted.
Peduncles are crowned with umbrellas of inflorescences of 5-10 five-centimeter flowers with green speckled upper sepals and light green lanceolate side petals. Almost merging with each other, adorned with bizarre filamentous outgrowths, the yellowish petals contrast surprisingly beautifully with the bloody little lip, accentuated by red spots on the petals.
Orchids with the scent of exquisite perfume
Those who want to purchase plants that can outshine even the most expensive perfumes with their scent should look for favorites among orchids. In recent decades, amazing hybrids and individual varieties have appeared, the aroma of which seems to be created in a test tube by the best perfumers in the world. Orchids that resemble perfume are often called perfumery. Complex combinations create rich, sophisticated, complex compositions, to unravel overtones and trails in which you endlessly want.
Almost all scent Cattleya and their hybrids resemble expensive perfumes and transform living rooms into exquisite French boutiques. The effect of the perfumery aroma is especially pronounced in the hybrid brassoleliocattley (Brassolealiocattleya, Brassavola x Cattleya x Laelia).
This is a unique hybrid orchid that takes the best of three species to create amazingly whimsical plants with large flowers. Sympodial large orchids with elongated pronounced pseudobulbs and lanceolate, rigid, upright leaves more often produce single-flowered peduncles.
But from flowers up to 20 cm in diameter, with the most varied colors, bizarre wavy petals and surprisingly multi-colored transitions, it is difficult to look away. This is one of the most festive in terms of aroma and appearance of orchids.
One of the very aromatic varieties – «Green Delight», which captivates with a citrus bouquet felt all day long and stunning, huge, green-pistachio flowers, similar to outlandish daffodils.
The bouquet of spring flowers resembles the scent and cattlei alaori (Cattleya alaorii) – a charming miniature orchid, represented mainly by graceful varieties. Small rounded leaves of bright color accentuate the classic massive flowers with a tubular lip and tightly closed petals, the porcelain-shining texture of which seems to be covered with shimmering dust. Two of its varieties are especially popular – snow-white «Snowflake» and pale pink «Dark».
Almost all brassies (Brassia) smell sweet-sugary, but very difficult. They pleasantly surprise with the ability to envelop any medium-sized room in a romantic cloud. Exception – light aroma brassia arc (Brassia arcuigera) with the smell of rotting meat, but amazingly beautiful flowering.
Fragrant brassia captivates not only in size (up to 70 cm), but also in large pseudobulbs of a strongly flattened oval shape with sharp edges, partially hidden, with scales that sit very tightly in huge families. Long, wide, folded lengthwise, lanceolate, half-meter and hard leaves at the top of the pseudobulb look very impressive.
And the arcuate peduncles growing from the base of the pseudobulb produce two rows of symmetrical and surprisingly graceful flowers, resembling a spider, with solid, outstretched, narrow and pointed petals in filaments. They change color from greenish yellow to orange and show off dark brown spots that are repeated on the white lip.
For брассавол (Brassavola) is characterized by an evening, very pungent smell, which to many seems more like household chemicals than perfumes. But fans of these plants also have their own arguments in favor of the aromas of incomparable beauties.
And their close relative is exotic and more and more popular with us due to dazzling colors. potinara (trade name Potinara, complex interspecific hybrid Brassavola x laelia x cattleya x sophronitis) – surprises with an intense, refined, floral lilac-jasmine aroma with light overtones of honey and vanilla, which can be felt only in the morning.
This is a unique hybrid with miniature size, oval, rigid, with a central vein of leaves, a fairly bright color and thin peduncles. They usually bloom on 5 flowers with fairly wide petals, a contrasting lip and orange, red, pink, yellow strikingly bright colors. Wavyness, graceful corrugated edge, similarity to colorful butterflies make the picture show irresistible.
The strongest jasmine scent among the milestones of orchids has Ciknohes (Cycnoches) Is an orchid with large, densely spaced, spindle-shaped pseudobulbs and lanceolate, folded leaves with a fragile texture and pointed tips. They fall off during a dormant period and change shades of green depending on growing conditions.
Peduncles grow from leaf axils, bend or droop, can produce single flowers or up to fifty flowers per inflorescence. Uniformly colored and with unique shades – wine, light green-olive, brick – the flowers are distinguished by a beautiful almond-shaped petal shape, a dark curled lip and a backward-turned shape.
A very pleasant aroma of floral perfume with light fresh notes of sea breeze is inherent in a species that is more rare than varietal, incomparably original in its watercolor color. phalaenopsis bellina (Phalenopsys bellina).
There is no need to introduce phalaenopsis – unpretentious, surprisingly predictable, they remain absolute favorites among indoor orchids and are suitable even for those who are not interested in the peculiarities of orchids.
Among the trendy varieties, almost all plants are non-aromatic. But when choosing new varieties from a huge assortment, you should try your luck and ask if the fragrant phalaenopsis is not lost in the ranks of unique fragrant phalaenopsis. More often than not, the “exceptions to the rule” smell like vanilla, melon or watermelon, and some smell almost like cucumber.
Refreshing bitter aroma of a unique orchid beals (trade name Beallara Tahoma Glacier, more than 8 species and 2 other orchid hybrids participated in the crossing), which is represented mainly by the variety «Green», reminds many of fashionable summer perfumes.
It is a beautiful epiphyte with strongly shortened stems, rounded, light green leaves up to 30 cm in length, and surprisingly long-lasting peduncles, producing only 1-3 flowers.
The unusual color of flowers knows no analogues. With a diameter of 5 to 7 cm, the flowers conquer with a whitish-greenish color of oval petals and an unusual diamond-shaped lip, from the beautiful lower outgrowth of which a spot of bright fuchsia pink color seems to spread over the entire flower, all pale and blurring on the upper sepals. An amazingly unusual and graceful plant that captivates with the contrast of leaves and flowers and seems very touching.
Exquisite French compositions with a citrus-spicy trail recall the perfumery scent of rare and beautiful orchids from the genus Aerides (Aerides). These are unique orchids with a very strong aroma, in different species of which lemon or cinnamon is mixed with the main smell.
Difficult to care for, this orchid does not form a pseudobulb and forms only bizarre pseudostems growing in height all the time with alternately sitting, belt-like, dark, water-saving leaves.
Long peduncles droop under the weight of flowers symmetrically arranged in a multilateral spike with wide sepals, lanceolate petals and a three-lobed lip. Delicate pinks in long panicles appear dazzling.
Also a mixture of floral and citrus notes, but with a completely different character is inherent in angrekumu (Listrostachys) – an orchid that is considered unique for a reason. A strong nocturnal aroma, combining citruses, gardenia, jasmine and cinnamon, usually only appears 3–4 nights after flowering.
Angrecum flowers are delicate and flawless in their lines, painted in all shades of a white-creamy palette. Crescent, very bright, densely spaced leaves perfectly emphasize the amazingly beautiful flowers with a diameter of 8 to 10 cm.
Narrow lanceolate sepals, oval-lanceolate petals and a shell-shaped large lip with a waxy surface seem close to ideal in absolute purity and simplicity of lines. Up to 5 flowers bloom on one peduncle of this orchid.
Lovers of dazzlingly sweet perfumes and playful scents will love prosthetics (Prosthechea cochleataformerly known as Encyclia lancifolia).
This is a beautiful and not too demanding orchid with large pear-shaped pseudobulbs up to 20 cm long and lanceolate-elliptical leaves up to 30 cm.The half-meter peduncle developing from the top of the pseudobulb produces several flowers up to 8 cm in diameter.
Sepals and petals are difficult to distinguish, twisted in a spiral, oval-linear, and the lip is shell-shaped, with purple spots. The combination of white-greenish ribbon-petals with a brighter yellowish lip looks very impressive.
Doubtful scent orchids
Orchids with an unpleasant aroma are by no means less than pleasant-smelling ones. The smell of such orchids is so special that it is difficult for them to find a place in the house.
The foul-smelling orchids never became popular and widespread, and usually only those who make up multi-species collections buy them. And they often “forget” to inform them about such a feature of plants in catalogs or in flower shops, advertising rare beauties.
The epidermis is resinous
One of the most repulsive fragrances among orchids possesses the epidermis is resinous (Epidendrum ciliare), the aroma of flowers of which resembles sour vegetables or medicinal infusions.
It is a very bright orchid with umbrella-like or head-like inflorescences and a striking pale green color of graceful flowers, filiform sepals and petals and a fringed, feather-like, snow-white lip. Two-leafed pseudobulbs are club-shaped, the leaves are elongated, up to 15 cm in total.The diameter of the flowers can exceed 8 cm.
Bulbophillum becarri (Bulbophyllum beccarii) with a scent that reminds many of ignoble mold or sewers, is considered a typical indole plant and requires an individual test: the scent of this orchid may or may not be liked.
This is a very original, afraid of waterlogging orchid with ovoid pseudobulbs, very large, up to 45 cm in diameter, oval leaves, folding at the bottom like an “ear” or bowl for collecting water and large, up to 30 cm long inflorescences consisting of hundreds of sedentary long pedicels, bizarre flowers with swirling petals, contrasting spotting and a yellow lip.
Too exotic – musty, moldy and swampy, and the smell of a rare orchid turns out to be. bifrenarii (Tetagone bifrenaria). This is a very beautiful and not so capricious orchid with yellowish ribbed pseudobulbs, oval rigid leaves and straight peduncles, producing several watercolor flowers with wide wavy petals and an unusual lip.
You should be very careful when buying any orchids from erangisov (studarettia). The strong evening scent of these orchids can be both very pleasant – reminiscent of ylang-ylang, lemon or spice – or surprisingly repulsive. At the same time, the smell is not always perceived unambiguously.
When buying erangis, you should choose only flowering plants and check exactly how you perceive the scent of this orchid. The appearance of the Erangis is charming, with drooping sparse tassels like shining stars, snow-white, miniature flowers with lanceolate petals and a miniature lip.