What are the names of some fragrant orchids?

guanabanaboy(10b So. Cal.)January 1, 2013

The following list of fragrant orchids was submitted to the GardenWeb Fragrant Plants Forum by Jim Shy in August 2004.

Fragrant Orchid List

A list of all fragrant orchid species and hybrids would be gigantic, and would always be growing as new hybrids are registered practically every week. In response to some requests, this list has been created as a definitely-not-complete list of orchids that are:

1. Fragrant in a pleasing sense (bulbophyllum fans, youll have to look elsewhere!)

  1. Not impossible to find at nurseries, orchid shows, and on the web
  2. Are generally considered to be easy to grow in the home, average greenhouse, or outdoors for those living in Zones 9-10

Ive given brief notes about fragrance (faint, strong, day or night), where I can, but for more info, youll have to consult some orchid books or ask on the Orchid Forum

Here goes!

Species and hybrid orchids:

Aerangis: most species are miniature and evening fragrant, biloba, citrata, modesta, mystacidii, somalensis are considered easy, most do better mounted.

Aeranthes: a few species are fragrant.

Aerides: most are very fragrant, tall, lanky growth and roots.

Ancistrochilum rothschildianum: mini, deciduous in winter.

Angraecum: most are night fragrant, some are large and highly scented.

Brassavola: most are very night-scented, including the well-known Brassavola nodosa, or "lady of the night" orchid.

Brassia: Huge, spiderlike flowers.

Brassidium: popular, scented brassia hybrids.

Brassocattleyas: crosses between brassavola and cattleya, many are scented, some are intensely scented.

Brassolaocattleyas: Crosses of three different genuses, many are scented.

Bulbophyllum: ambrosia, laxiflorum and odoratissimum are a few small, well-scented species in a group of often foul-smelling orchids.

Catasetum: large, deciduous orchids that bear male or female flowers. Several species are fragrant, including callosum, pileatum and tenebrosum, many well-known hybrids with other genuses are likewise fragrant.

Cattleya: The classic orchid, the most fragrant species are said to be bicolor, dowiana, iricolor, labiata, maxima, mossiae, schilleriana, and warscewiczii Literally thousands of hybrids, many are scented, some intensely so look for ones with scented species in their background, or ask for the most fragrant ones.

Clowesia: plants lose leaves in the winter, most species and hybrids are scented.

Cochleanthes amazonica, aromatica, discolor: small, must be kept warm and moist.

Coelogyne: many species are scented, some grow quite large. Popular species include cristata, cummingii, dayana, mooreana, ochracea, pandurata.

Cychnoches: large, deciduous orchids, spectacular blooms. Scented species include chlorochilum, warscewiczianum .

Cymbidium: The fragrance of certain asian species chinensis, ensifolium and kanran have been written about for thousands of years. Some mini fragrant hybrids have been developed, which may be easier for beginners.

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