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This is a discussion on Phal bellina within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Piper I bet they're incredibly fragrant! Bellina has one of the most ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    I bet they're incredibly fragrant! Bellina has one of the most spectacular smells of all Phals! In fact, fragrance is one of the identifying characteristics that separates Phal bellina from Phal violacea, long thought to be the same species.

    Where violacea is more spicy, bellina is considered lemony, sometimes called the "Fruit Loop" orchid because of its fragrance.

    Great growing Steve - thanks for the piccies!

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    Very interesting! I just got Phal violacea. I thought the fragrance was lemon pound cake. It has a lovely green and pink bloom.

    Quote Originally Posted by uncasteeb View Post
    Indeed the fragrance is very strong & pleasant.Believe me though it is completely overwhelmed by Phal Universal Princess"Carmela".
    The scent is as powerful as Den kingianum but only when it is in strong light.
    Ahhhh!!! Now I know why the fragrance seemed to fade and reappear! I will remember as the next bud is about to open. Learn something new all the time. Thanks!
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    Hi Tami,

    Glad you bought there - they have both an amazing selection and quality of plants! I'd be in so much more trouble if they were around the corner from me!

    Post a photo of your Phal if you have one. They could be calling a violacea - bellina and violacea are often mistaken for each other. A pic of the flower and the plant up close would help ID it!

    Don't forget that fragrance is a means to attract a pollinator. It's often time dependent: that is, it will turn on and shut off at different times during the day or night, depending on what critter is meant to pollinate the flower. At night it could be a bat or moth; during the day it could be a butterfly, a fly, a bee, a...whatever!

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    Sorry for the hijack, uncasteeb. Here is a pic of Phal violacea 'Norman' x Phal violacae 'Pokan'. While on the trip the fragrance was strong in the RV. After we got home the fragrance softened, and disappeared a day or two before the bloom dropped. A new bud is about to open.

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    That is Phal bellina.
    Phal violacea has a lot more colour .
    Have a look around here.
    http://www.phals.net/Species.html

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    It's definitely bellina, Tami.

    Bellina has a greenish-white flower with purple on the lower sepals the legs of the jumping jack, and purple limited to the base of the petals the jumping jack's arms and the base of the dorsal sepal the head of dear old jack.

    Violacea is much more evenly colored across all of the petals and sepals.

    I think what happened is that bellina was accepted as a separate species after one of Tami's plant's parents was awarded. (Phal. violacea 'Ponkan' was awarded an AM/AOS back in 1982. The award definitely describes a bellina.) Phal bellina was accepted as a separate species later in 1995.

    The breeders using Ponkan never updated their tags.

    Tami, it should be Phal. bellina. Still, it's gorgeous - great coloration! The awarded parentage sure shows.

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    Thanks, ya'll. Your help is appreciated. I will rename the tag. I believe i like the name bellina better anyway! Today the next bud began opening! It is very cloudy and rainy and cool so I'm not sure the bloom will open fully today or tomorrow. Will regular incandesant (sp) room light be helpful? I have a fluorescent in the garage but it's high up near the ceiling. Suggestions?

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    LOL! Yeah, patience!

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    Beautiful !my favorite species .. Gin

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    A very nice and elegant little bloom. I hope to try one of these someday.

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