List of the best spicy orchids (part 1)
1. Cymbidium mosquito
Cymbidium mosquito (Cymbidium ensifolium) – the most honeyed of all orchids and the most popular of cymbidiums. This is a very elegant sympodial type orchid with poorly developed centimeter, completely closed leaf sheaths, pseudobulbs and long roots. Narrow lanceolate leaves from 30 cm to 1 m in length seem amazingly straight and strict not only due to the folded structure, but also due to their very dark color.
Cymbidium mosquito (Cymbidium ensifolium)
Vertical inflorescences, as a rule, are somewhat shorter than the leaves. They carry up to 9 flowers that last for several weeks. With a diameter of 3 to 5 cm, they show off with beige and yellow sepals and petals with longitudinal, reddish veins, and sometimes specks, and a greenish lip covered with patterns.
2. Cycnoches pentadactylone
Cychnoches pentadactylone (Cychnoches pentadactylon) surprises anyone with its chocolate and amazingly delicious aroma, which is characterized by soft vanilla overtones. This is a very rare orchid, the flowers of which cannot but evoke associations with miniature dragons. And it is even more surprising that in the culture of cyclones, they are surprisingly unpretentious and more similar to phalaenopsis than to rare species.
The bizarre, fleshy, rounded-spindle-shaped pseudobulbs of this sympodial orchid surprise with numerous internodes and release tightly embracing stems, thin, oval-lanceolate, with a pointed tip, from the sinuses of which there is a short peduncle with 30 or slightly less graceful flowers up to 10 cm in diameter Oval, with a narrowed base, turned back petals and sepals, a thin lip curiously curving in an arc create a shape, and the truth, reminiscent of a tailed dragon in flight.
3. Rhinostilis giant
Giant Rinchostilis (Rhynchostylis gigantea) is the best of orchids with “Christmas” spicy aromas, whose complex trains you want to solve endlessly, barely catching light halftones of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, mixed with sweet honey cloying.
Giant Rhinostilis (Rhynchostylis gigantea)
Giant Rhinostilis (Rhynchostylis gigantea). © Maja Dumat
This is a very large orchid with narrow, but fleshy leaves, up to 40 cm in length, growing in two rows, hanging fancifully with age, with an increasingly lignified and tall stalk and short peduncles. Dense cylindrical panicles of several dozen flowers seem amazingly massive.
Despite the fact that the flowers in diameter will not exceed 2.5 cm, they are very beautiful – with a spur, petals and sepals narrowed at the base, giving the flower airiness, and a three-lobed lip. White or purple, the flowers are perfectly visible and seem very delicate.
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Zygopetalum (Zygopetalum) – one of the orchids, the spicy aroma of which is easily recognizable and resembles a freshly ground mixture of peppers, superimposed on the base of the aroma of lilac. Fragrant zygopetalum flowers exude a spicy smell only in the morning. This is one of the most easily recognizable orchids with large pseudobulbs (up to 7 cm), thick whitish roots and long, folded, spectacularly shiny and not very hard lanceolate leaves.
Zygopetalum (Zygopetalum). © birgit carlsson
Zygopetalums are famous for their shade tolerance, an abundance of half-meter leaves, which produce a very vivid impression. But most of all – a unique palette of colors of flowers. Small, oval-drop-shaped sepals and petals with spots and stripes on a yellow-green background emphasize the beauty of a huge, wavy scapular lip with purple, purple and blue patterns or color.
Color shades of zygopetalum flowers are often compared with senpolias. And the fact that each peduncle is able to produce up to 12 flowers only enhances the attractiveness of zygopetallums.
The original orchid Arachnis (Arachnis) has no less original flowering and unique aromas. This orchid has long stems and two rows of stiff, belt-shaped leaves. Peduncles can extend up to more than a meter. They grow from the axils of the leaves, bizarrely bending over.