Sunday, May 18, 2008

Scent of a Hybrid

Some Vanda orchid species are fragrant, but not too many have this desirable genetic trait. Vanda hybrids created from species are almost never fragrant. This one is a V. hybrid (V. Tessalata x V. Mimi Palmer.) The fragrance is strong sweet "je ne sais quoi" that could vaguely be attributable to vanilla. The purple throat may have been from V. Mimi Palmer that again came from V. Tan Chay Yan and V. Tessalata. This smells oh so good... Don't you wish you could move to Miami?


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