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Aerides odorata

This is a discussion on Aerides odorata within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I have two or three ( maybe more !) examples of this orchid in my ...

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    Default Aerides odorata

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    I have two or three ( maybe more !) examples of this orchid in my collection. Most seem to have upright spikes, rather than the outwardly or downcurving ones usually illustrated. But I think it is a very wide-spread orchid, geographically, and maybe there is some genetic variation, even to the extent of the name being applied to a large group of very closely allied but actually different species ( as with Bulbo.lobbii for example). Also a lot of variation in colour. Maybe they have varietal ( or sub-species) names ? Any suggestions ?

    It is interesting to see how it is Aerides time all over the world ! I also have A.affine - with just half a dozen flowers out on a spike of maybe 80, and A.houllettiana almost ready to pop - a couple of examples . Our most un-British summer, of wall-to-wall sunshine for month after month, may have something to do with it here .

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    Nice display of flowers! ~

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    Very beautiful alba form. I have never seen upright spikes of odorata.

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    It simmers and shines. Quite lovely. AL

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    I would slightly disagree here, I don't think it is a pure odorata specie. Never ever seen an upright form and the form also doesn't fit so much in the typical mould, for eg. the lip and the horn in much smaller also the petals here are much flat and I think a bit smaller. Seems to have some rhyn. coelestis in it. The first name that comes to my mind is a Ronnyara alba which is Aerides odorata x Vascostylis Five Friendships var Alba.

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    Whatever it is it is quite lovely. So pristine!

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    Default Upright spikes on Aer. odorata ? The norm for me...

    In my ignorance I had never heard of Ronnyara... but have to admit that apart from the colour, my flowers are very similar to those shown.
    My problem in accepting your diagnosis Amey is that the flowers both in shape, and spike in direction are pretty much the same on all my A.odoratas - all three... although bought at different times and places, from different dealers in different countries. Seems odd that none are behaving the way you expect A.odorata to behave. Could it be - bearing in mnd the very wide distribution of odorata, that you are influenced by your local ones, and in other places they are different ?
    look at my pics, and tell me what you think.
    I'm not getting the label printer out just yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    The flowers both in shape, and spike in direction are pretty much the same on all my A.odoratas - all three... although bought at different times and places, from different dealers in different countries. Seems odd that none are behaving the way you expect A.odorata to behave. Could it be - bearing in mnd the very wide distribution of odorata, that you are influenced by your local ones, and in other places they are different ?
    look at my pics, and tell me what you think.
    I'm not getting the label printer out just yet.
    Can very well be, because of the distribution as you say, also, I think it could be because of the culture. What I have noticed sometimes is that the spikes tend to grow towards the light direction, never such an extreme, but yes that can play a role. I have an odorata from the himalayas which has yet to bloom so I can't compare with mine. But what I can say is that R. coelestis and its progeny have a very very strong tendency to have erect inflorescences, hence my earlier guess. I will also not be ready to get a label printer just out yet. May growers with more experience and cultivars of this specie can chime in.

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    <spikes tend to grow towards the light >

    Very true ;and my light is certainly quite directional. However, Aerides affine and Aerides houllettianum, growing next to the Aerides which started off this thread both have quite pendant spikes- I will post pics in a day or two.

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    Beautiful! My odorata is also getting ready with 2 spikes and might be another 2 weeks before the blooms open up. My plants spike also tend to go upright, but is no where as upright as the spikes on your odorata. But could be so because my plant is hanging down and slowly curving up.

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