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 did not become popular and widespread, and usually only those who make multi-species 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 aromas among orchids is the ciliated epidendrum (Epidendrum ciliare), the aroma of the flowers of which resembles sour vegetables or medicinal infusions.
Epidendrum ciliated (Epidendrum ciliare)
This is a very bright orchid with an inflorescence similar to umbrellas or heads and a striking pale green color of elegant flowers, with filamentous 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.
Bulbophyllum bacari (Bulbophyllum beccarii) with an aroma that resembles a lot of mold or sewage, is considered a typical indole plant and requires an individual test: the smell of this orchid may or may 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 sitting on long pedicels, fancy flowers with twisted petals, contrasting spotting and a yellow lip.
The smell of a rare bifrenaria orchid (Bifrenaria tetagona) also turns out to be too exotic – stale, moldy and swampy. 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)
You should be very careful when buying any erangis orchid (Aerangis). The strong evening smell of these orchids can be both very pleasant – resembling ylang-ylang, lemon or spices – and 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.