Welcome to Today’s Flowers! Tied up to my betel nut tree are these orchids (Aerides odorata) blooming for the third time in three years. There’s always something heart-warming about plants doing well year after year. It says a lot about the gardener too!;)
This species is the type species for the genus and is widespread through the Chineses Himalayas, western Himalayas, Assam, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, India, Nepal, Andaman Islands, Myanamar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Penninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi and the Philippines occuring in broadleaf evergreen lowland forests as a large to giant sized, highly variable, hot to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 200 to 2000 meters high up in trees in bright sun with very stout, drooping, branching stems carrying fleshy, incurved, oblong-ligulate, round lobed at the apex, broad, pale green leaves. As it’s name implies it is highly fragrant and blooms in the late spring through fall on up to 3, sharply pendant, to 2′ [60 cm] long, many [to 30] flowered, cylindric inflorescence that arise out of the leaf axils and as developing can be very sticky and giving rise to many, waxy, very fragrant flowers. Source.
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My thanks to the TF team: Santilli-Denise-Pupo-Sandy Carlson