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Knickknacks, orchids that are, in bloom

This is a discussion on Knickknacks, orchids that are, in bloom within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hi Julie and Tim-O!!! Thanks! Orchids' Heaven, huh? Probably that is why we are hooked ...

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    Hi Julie and Tim-O!!!
    Thanks! Orchids' Heaven, huh? Probably that is why we are hooked on this! BTW, gloriosity, could not find it in the Thesaurus ..are you making things up, Julie? Nose candy, eh? I like that. So far, I have heard of eye candy, arm candy, now we have nose candy!!! Thanks, Julie!

    Seeing, smelling, tasting, touching ... are all part of experiencing beauty. Too bad that we can't eat orchids. If we could I would describe that too!!! Hehhehehe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoa Tony Nguyen
    Seeing, smelling, tasting, touching ... are all part of experiencing beauty. Too bad that we can't eat orchids. If we could I would describe that too!!! Hehhehehe!
    What about the orchid ice cream in Turkey, called Salep or something like that?

    Someone needs to go on a fact finding mission (ie holiday) and find out what it tastes like (or send me, I'd love a holiday... err sabatical in the mediterranean)

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    Hi Tim,
    Now I remember!!! But Salep ice cream is made out of the tuber of the orchids. Not the fragrant flowers. Do you think orchid flowers would make a great addition to designer salad? ... BTW, I read the article written by a journalist about Salep. The author thought this ice cream was heavenly! The sad news is the orchid species that its tuber is used to make this ice cream is facing extinction partly because of this.
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    I thought the Salep orchid (aka the Fox Testicle orchid, due to its appearance) was growing like a weed in Turkey...

    That was the last I heard.

    Julie

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    Default Coelogyne South Carolina

    Gee, I have not posted in this thread of mine for ages... The orchids just don't want to cooperate, do they?
    BTW, I have found people used other orchids for food besides the Salep ice cream. People used the canes of Dendrobium speciosum as food. The natives ground them up into flour and used it in cooking! There are other examples, I believe.

    Coelogyne South Carolina is a hybrid between Coelogyne pandurata and Coelogyne Burfordiense. Coelogyne Burfordiense first made in 1911 is a primary hybrid between Coelogyne asparata and Coelogyne pandurata. As such, thi splant is 3/4 pandurata. Coelogyne pandurata is sometimes also called "the black orchid"! You guys can see why! Normally green flowers are not all that exciting but in this species, the black pattern on the lip really makes the flowers intriguing!
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    Default Maxillaria grandiflora

    June is the month of the Maxi, the Encyclia, and the Epidendrum!
    This species has very large, beautiful flowers. Fragrant too! Smells like peach!
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    Default Paraphalaenopsis laycockii

    A terete leafed species that requires warm growing condition and excellent drainage. Native to Borneo, Paraphalaenopsis laycockii is best grown on the shady side until plants are well established, than time extra light should be provided to promote flowering. The flowers smell like ripe bananas!
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    Default Epidendrum raniferum

    A gorgeous epidendrum species! Pendant flower spike, it looks like a flower lantern! Unusual fragrance!
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    Default Aerides Herman Slades

    A gorgeous and floriferous aerides hybrid! The long pendulous flower spikes are ~2 feet long. Its sweetly intoxicating fragrance is so powerful, the GH is reeked with it. Absolutely beautiful!
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    All stunning, Hoa!

    I just gave my Epi. raniferum to the Dartmouth College collection. It was huge and I wanted the room for new arrivals. Seeing yours, I'm wondering if I should have kept it. Still, it's gone to a good home and I have visiting rights. It is very fragrant.

    With all those smellies blooming your greenhouse must be olfactory chaos!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Julie

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