When buying any orchids, in the description of the characteristics of which there is a note about aromaticity, 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 not always amenable to logic. Orchids with a strong smell will require the right choice of place: they can not be placed in small rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, if they rest there during the hours of the highest intensity of aroma. In this article we will talk about orchids with a fruity aroma, the smell of exquisite perfumes and a very dubious "amber".Orchids with aromas of fruits and exquisite perfumes. Potinara
Read also the material of the 7 most fragrant orchids with a spicy smell.
Orchids with fruit flavors
If you are a fan of fruit aromas in indoor plants, then you should look for such smells among orchids. Amazing associations are caused by such varieties of spectacular indoor orchids, such as calendars, coelogins, bulbofillums. Sometimes they emit almost the same smell as flowering citrus trees and envelop the entire room in a sweet cloud of easily recognizable aromas.
The gorgeous citrus queen calants are absolutely the best among orchids with citrus aromas. Some resemble flowering citrus trees, others resemble freshly picked fruits.
Calanth Striat (Calanthe striata), the smell of which resembles the freshly grated zest of orange or the bitter-sweet tangerines freshly picked from a tree, and Calanthus Siebold (Calanthe sieboldii), the aroma of which resembles the intense and refreshing tone of the lemon peel - absolute favorites.
All calendars are easily recognizable: oval pseudobulbs can release up to 6 leaves, sessile, folded, large-massive, dark green. Calendars drop their leaves as the peduncle grows, and when the first flowers bloom, the plant remains bare (from the leaves).
Bent back, small, sepals and petals emphasize the grace of a three-lobed lip and create the effect of soaring, airy flowers in a very graceful, multi-flowered, drooping at the ends of the brush. On one peduncle, up to 30 flowers bloom up to 6 cm in diameter, the snow-white background for a pink lip looks radiant.Calanthe striata Calanthe Siebold (Calanthe sieboldii).
Speckled coelogin (Coelogyne lentiginosa) with a light, spicy lemon, very tasty aroma won a lot of hearts. This is a very beautiful orchid with oval, neat, rich green pseudobulbs and surprisingly elegant flowers. Cream lanceolate petals emphasize the beauty of the lips - with outgrowths, spots and unusual specks.Speckled coelogin (Coelogyne lentiginosa).
Delicate and touching, this orchid surprises not only with a pleasant smell. Compact sizes, folded-lanceolate, most often straight leaves and peduncles with a height of up to 16 cm are the undoubted advantages of the species. Up to 6 flowers bloom on each stem, and they open simultaneously.
But in other types of coelogins, the aromas are surprisingly floral - musky, lily, perfume, strong in the daytime and not felt at night.
Citrus Euchile (Euchile citrina) - a charming orchid with a citrus bouquet and lemon flowers. This is a small sympodial orchid up to 25 cm high with five-centimeter, thinly cylindrical pseudobulbs and gray-green, oval, hanging leaves with a thin tip and not as rough texture as most other orchids.Euchile citrus (Euchile citrina).
A waxy white coating emphasizes the brightness of flowers on peduncles up to 10 cm long, hanging down. With a diameter of about 7 cm, 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 pharynx, they are unforgettable.
Pleione spotted (Pleione maculata) is one of the most original white orchids, the aroma of which resembles the intense and complex aroma of picked apples.Pleione maculata (Pleione maculata).
This is a compact, up to 25 cm tall, epiphytic orchid with folded, straight, fairly bright leaves and unique flowers, in which the sepals and petals of the same size and shape are lanceolate, elongated, straight.
Strict white petals perfectly emphasize the huge lip, fantastically 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, porcelain-pearl and making the flowers even more massive.
Bulbofillum variegated (Bulbophyllum picturatum) has a scent that is associated with a refreshing, light scent of watermelon or melon. This is a miniature orchid, during flowering, not exceeding 25 cm in height.Variegated Bulbophyllum (Bulbophyllum picturatum).
Motley bulphophyllum is a sympodial epiphyte with very smooth, egg-shaped pseudobulbs very densely spaced to each other, releasing only one lanceolate hard leaf up to 12 cm long. The upright, rounded at the tip, leaf narrows like a petiole and emphasizes amazingly thin peduncles 12 to 25 cm high , 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 lobes. Almost close to each other, decorated with bizarre filamentous outgrowths, the yellowish petals contrast surprisingly beautifully with a bloody little lip underlined by red spots on the petals.
Exquisite Perfume Orchid
Those who want to buy plants that can outshine even the most expensive perfumes with their fragrance should look for their favorites among orchids. In recent decades, amazing hybrids and individual varieties have appeared, the aroma of which seems to be the best perfumers in the world created in vitro. Orchids resembling perfumes are often called perfumes. Complex combinations create rich, sophisticated, complex compositions, to solve overtones and loops in which you want to endlessly.
Almost all fragrant Cattleya and their hybrids resemble expensive perfumes and turn living rooms into exquisite French boutiques. The effect of perfume aroma is especially pronounced in hybrid brassoleliocattles (Brassolealiocattleya, Brassavola x Cattleya x Laelia).Brassoleliocattles (Brassolealiocattleya). Cattleya alaorii.
This is a unique hybrid orchid, taking the best of three species to create surprisingly bizarre plants with large flowers. Sympodial large orchids with elongated pronounced pseudobulbs and lanceolate, hard, upright-growing leaves most often produce single-flowered peduncles.
But from flowers with a diameter of up to 20 cm, with a wide variety of colors, bizarre wavy petals and surprisingly colorful 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 fragrant varieties - "Green Delight", which conquers with a citrus bouquet felt all day and stunning, huge, green-pistachio-like flowers outlandish daffodils.
A bouquet of spring flowers resembles aroma and Cattleya Alaori (Cattleya alaorii) - a charming miniature orchid, represented mainly by elegant varieties. Small rounded leaves of a bright color emphasize classic massive flowers with a tube-shaped lip and tightly closing petals, the porcelain-shining texture of which seems to be covered with shimmering dust. Especially popular are its two varieties - snow-white "Snowflake" and pale pink "Escura".
Almost all brassia (Brassia) smell sweet-cloying, but very difficult. They pleasantly surprise with the ability to wrap any medium-sized room in a romantic cloud. The exception is light aroma. arc brassia (Brassia arcuigera) with the smell of rotting meat, but surprisingly beautiful flowering.Brassia Mivada
Fragrant brassia captivates not only in size (up to 70 cm), but also in large pseudobulbs of a strongly oblate oval shape with sharp edges, partially hidden, with scales sitting very tightly in huge families. Long, wide, folded along, lanceolate, half-meter and stiff leaves at the top of the pseudobulb look very impressive.
And the arched peduncles growing from the base of the pseudobulb produce two rows of symmetrical and surprisingly graceful flowers resembling a spider with hard, spread out, narrow and sharpened petals in a thread. They change color from greenish yellow to orange and show off with dark brown spots, repeating on a white lip.
For brassavol (Brassavola) An evening, very pungent smell is characteristic, which to many seems more likely to be similar to household chemicals than to perfumes. But fans of these plants have their own arguments in favor of the aromas of incomparable beauties.Potinara
And their close relative is exotic and increasingly popular with us thanks to the dazzling colors potinara (trade name Potinaracomplex interspecific hybrid Brassavola x laelia x cattleya x sophronitis) - it surprises with an intense, elegant, 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 sizes, oval, stiff, with a central vein of leaves, a fairly bright color and thin peduncles. 5 flowers with fairly wide petals, a contrasting lip and orange, red, pink, yellow, strikingly bright colors usually bloom on them. Waviness, graceful corrugated edge, similarity to variegated butterflies makes the potinars irresistible.
The strongest jasmine fragrance among the milestones of orchids has Cycnoches (Cycnoches) - an orchid with large, densely spaced, spindle-shaped pseudobulbs and lanceolate, folded leaves with a fragile texture and pointed tips. They fall during the dormant period and change shades of green depending on growing conditions.Cycnoches Bartirum (Cycnoches barthiorum).
Peduncles grow from the axils of leaves, bend or wilt, can produce single flowers or up to fifty flowers in inflorescence. Uniformly colored and with unique shades - wine, light green, olive, brick - the flowers stand out with a beautiful almond-shaped petal shape, a dark curled lip and a shape turned back.
A very pleasant aroma of floral perfumes with light fresh notes of a sea breeze is inherent to a rarer species than varietal species, which is incomparably original in its watercolor color phalaenopsis bellina (Phalenopsys bellina).Phalaenopsis bellina (Phalenopsys bellina).
There is no need to imagine phalaenopsis - unpretentious, surprisingly predictable, they remain absolute favorites among indoor orchids and are suitable even for those who are not interested in the features of orchids.
Among the fashionable varieties, almost all plants are non-aromatic. But, choosing new varieties from a huge assortment, you should try your luck and ask if the fragrant phalaenopsis is lost in the ranks of the unique ones. More often than not, "exceptions to the rules" smell like vanilla, melon or watermelon, and some almost cucumber.
The bitter fragrance of a unique orchid beallari (trade name Beallara Tahoma glacier, more than 8 species and 2 other orchid hybrids participated in the crossing), which is mainly represented by the variety "Green", reminds many of the fashionable summer perfumes.Beallara (Beallara Tahoma Glacier).
This is a wonderful epiphyte with strongly shortened stems, rounded, light green leaves up to 30 cm in length and amazingly long-held peduncles, producing only 1-3 flowers.
The unusual color of the flowers knows no analogues. With a diameter of 5 to 7 cm, the flowers are conquered by a whitish-greenish color of oval petals and an unusual rhomboid lip, from whose beautiful lower outgrowth a spot of bright fuchsia pink color spreads all over the flower, all pale and eroded on the upper sepals. A surprisingly unusual and elegant plant that conquers with the contrast of leaves and flowers and seems very touching.
Refined French compositions with a citrus-spicy trail reminds perfume aroma of rare and beautiful orchids from a sort 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.Aerides (Aerides).
Difficult to care for, this orchid does not form pseudobulbs and forms only bizarre, pseudostems all the time growing in height with alternately sitting, thong-shaped, dark, water-saving leaves.
Long peduncles fall under the weight of flowers symmetrically arranged in a multilateral spike with wide sepals, lanceolate petals and a three-lobed lip. Delicate pink colors in long panicles seem dazzling.
Also a mixture of floral and citrus notes, but with a completely different character is inherent and angrekum (Angraecum) - an orchid that is considered unique for a reason. A strong nightly aroma combining citruses, gardenia, jasmine and cinnamon, as a rule, appears only on the 3rd-4th night after flowering.Angraecum
Delicate and flawless Angrekum flowers along their lines are painted in all shades of a white and creamy palette. Sickle-shaped, very bright, densely arranged leaves perfectly emphasize surprisingly beautiful flowers with a diameter of 8 to 10 cm.
Narrow lanceolate sepals, oval-lanceolate petals and a large shell-shaped lip with a waxy surface seem close to ideal in the absolute purity and simplicity of the lines. Up to 5 flowers bloom on one peduncle of this orchid.
Fans of dazzlingly sweet perfumes and playful scents will love it. prostheka (Prosthechea cochleataformerly known as Encyclia lancifolia).Prostechea (Prosthechea cochleata).
This is a beautiful and not too demanding orchid with large pear-shaped pseudobulbs up to 20 cm long and lanceolate-elliptic leaves up to 30 cm. A half-meter peduncle developing from the top of the pseudobulb produces several flowers up to 8 cm in diameter.
The 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.
Orchids with a dubious smell
Orchids with an unpleasant aroma are by no means less than pleasantly smelling. The smells of such orchids are so special that it is difficult for them to find a place in the house.
Unpleasantly smelling orchids never became popular and widespread, and usually only those who make multispecies collections buy them. And they often “forget” to report such a feature of plants in catalogs or in flower shops, advertising rare beauties.
One of the most repulsive scents among orchids has epidendrum ciliated (Epidendrum ciliare), the aroma of flowers of which resembles sour vegetables or medicinal infusions.Epidendrum ciliated (Epidendrum ciliare).
This is a very bright orchid with inflorescences similar to umbrellas or heads and a striking pale green color of elegant flowers, with thread-shaped sepals and petals and a fringed, feather-shaped, snow-white lip. Two-leaf pseudobulbs are club-shaped, leaves are elongated, up to 15 cm in total. The diameter of the flowers can exceed 8 cm.
Bulbofillum bacari (Bulbophyllum beccarii) with an aroma that resembles a lot of mold of noble origin or sewage, is considered a typical indole plant and requires an individual test: the smell of this orchid may like or not.Bulbophyllum bacari (Bulbophyllum beccarii).
This is a very original orchid fearing overmoistening with ovoid pseudobulbs, very large, up to 45 cm in diameter, oval leaves folded below in the form of an “ear” or bowl for collecting water and large, up to 30 cm long inflorescences, consisting of hundreds of sitting on long pedicels, fancy flowers with twisted petals, contrasting spotting and a yellow lip.
Too exotic - the musty, giving away mold and swamp, is the smell of a rare orchid bifrenaria (Bifrenaria tetagona) This is a very beautiful and not so capricious orchid with yellowish ribbed pseudobulbs, hard oval leaves and straight peduncles that produce several watercolor flowers with wide-wavy petals and an unusual lip.Bifrenaria (Bifrenaria tetagona). Erangis (Aerangis).
You should be very careful when buying any orchids from among erangis (Aerangis) The strong evening smell of these orchids can be either very pleasant - resembling ylang-ylang, lemon or spices - or surprisingly repulsive. Moreover, the smell is far from always perceived unambiguously.
When buying erangises, it is worth choosing only flowering plants and checking how you perceive the fragrance of this orchid. The appearance of erangis is charming, with drooping rare brushes similar to shining stars, snow-white, miniature flowers with lanceolate petals and a tiny lip.