Almost all brassia (Brassia) smell sweet-cloying, but very difficult. They pleasantly surprise with the ability to envelop in a romantic cloud any medium room. The exception is the light aroma of arched brassia (Brassia arcuigera) with the smell of rotting meat, but surprisingly beautiful flowering.
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.
Brassavola is characterized by an evening, very pungent smell, which to many seems more like household chemicals than perfumes. But fans of these plants have their own arguments in favor of the aromas of incomparable beauties.
And their close relative – exotic and increasingly popular with us due to the dazzling colors of Potinara (trade name Potinara, a 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 only be felt 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, elegant corrugated edge, similarity to variegated butterflies makes potinars irresistible.
The strongest jasmine aroma among the milestones of orchids is possessed by Cycnoches – an orchid with large, densely spaced, spindle-shaped pseudobulbs and lanceolate, folded leaves with a fragile texture and pointed tips. They fall to rest 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.