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Fragrant Paphiopedilum?

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    Hi y'all, just curious if anyone is growing a fragrant Paphiopedilum and if so, what it smells like.

    It will probably be a while before I get another Paphiopedilum, I'm still kinda making sure the one I got on sale is happy first. It seems to like more water than my phals. I'm growing it a few feet away from an east facing window.

    Once I do get more paphs, I know that fragrant and successive blooming is top of my list!

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    I have a paph delenatii that smells like roses.

    Also I have a paph Mem Larry Huerer (spelled wrong I think) that is supposed to have a fragrance but has not been in flower for me yet. So I don't know what it smells like.

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    I have none in real life but have several in my imagination and dreams that smell like wildflowers in a spring meadow . I swear I'm not insane...just orchid deprived (if there is a difference).

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    Fragrance in Paphiopedilum tends to be a bit hit or miss, even in the species best known for it. Hybrids are even more unpredictable.

    The most reliable choices for scent are some species in section Parvisepalum:
    Paph delenatii - rose scent
    Paph malipoense - raspberry or pine scent
    Paph hangianum and Paph emersonii - not always a pleasant scent, rose or sweet hay when it is good, but I have also heard it described as honey and cat litter

    Paph kolopakinhii (a large multifloral Paph) also is fairly reliably scented - crushed leaves, hay

    And those are probably the only species you should buy with the expectation of scent, but you might be disappointed. Hybrids of those species, especially within the Parvisepalum types, also have a fair chance. Paph delenatii is generally the most available and easiest to grow of the group.

    Other species I have heard of as sometimes scented - Paph spicerianum (pepper), Paph philippinense (coconut), Paph concolor (apple).

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    Thanks PaphMadMan, what great advice! I will definitely add paphiopedilum delenatii as my "first-to-get" paph
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    And here it is! I got the dark variety (dunkel?) of Paphiopedilum delenatii, it has beautiful foliage! I sure hope I can get it to bloom, supposedly it is fragrant and hasn't lost the fragrance like some clones
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    As I stated when I posted to this, my paph delenatii smells of roses.

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