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Favorite fragrant orchid

This is a discussion on Favorite fragrant orchid within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; bulbo phalaenopsis, or bulbo echinolabium. The intenseness of the fragrance is secondary to the intenseness ...

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    bulbo phalaenopsis, or bulbo echinolabium. The intenseness of the fragrance is secondary to the intenseness of the visual.

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    A lot of orchids have nasty scents – mostly the ones that are pollinated by flies. Most of those are in genus Bulbophyllum. They have all kinds of nasty. B. echinolabium smells to me like moldy Saltines, others smell of old fish, or rotting elephant (the famous B. phalaenopsis).

    Two Bulbos which smell really good: Bulbophyllum macranthum (smells like cucumber and cloves . . . strange, but very nice; enchanting) and Bulbophyllum ambrosia (smells strongly of honey).

    Overall, though, my favorite scent is probably just the Brassavola nodosa. My SO is not as taken with it as I. She smells it and says "Ah, eugenol."

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    And the famous old Sharry Baby that smells so delicious it makes you drool saliva .

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    Thank you Lily!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I am so glad I'm not alone. For fragrance, Sharry Baby rocks! I really want to get my hands on the clone 'Red Fantasy'. It's more compact than many of the others, but still has that awesome scent of Sharry Baby.


    Cheers,

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    I have quite a happy little Red Fantasy, but it hasn't bloomed yet (bought it at HD last year), so can't say about its smell yet. Not planning on dividing any time soon, but if it falls apart when I repot next time, check back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orchidzrule
    I really want to get my hands on the clone 'Red Fantasy'.
    I think I have 'Red Fantasy'. Which means I laugh at you being Canadian.

    It's a hollow victory, of course, since you have health care.


    No, but seriously: I always thought Sharry Baby smelled like chocolate-scented erasers or something. Maybe that weird diet chocolate soda. At any rate, I find it interesting, not unpleasant, but not at all droolworthy.

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    Neofinetia falcata

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    Paph Lynleigh Koopowitz

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    I am not fond of fragrances, but I found out that I like the smell of Rhynchostyllis gigantea or retusa.

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