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Native Singaporean Orchid notes: Cymbidium Bicolor Pubescens
Cymbidium Bicolor Pubescens - Used in Fresh 1 (Women) for Team building Perfume workshop
Nparks website states them as "Laterally compressed with thick long leaves, up to 45cm long and 1.5cm wide. Each pendulous inflorescence not more than 25cm long, carries several fragrant flowers, each approx 2.5 to 3cm in diameter."
Cymbidium often have amazing smell, but this one is special. It's will remind you of a lotus in water or beautiful air on the beach. Its a popular medicinal orchid. Sri Lankans call it Visa Dhooli. In china is is used to treat fractures.
Therapeutic Orchid notes:
Agrostophyllum stipulatum ssp. bicuspidatum .
Chinese name: Heye Lan
The generic name comes from Greek, agrostis (grass) and phyllon (leaf). Flowers are small and self- pollinating and are considered mythical. The Kalabit in Sarawak wear parts of the orchid as talismans to protect against curses. Talismans and charms are very much a part of native Asian medicine.
They do not make sense to most medicine practitioners hence we have listed several medicinal chemicals which have been extracted from this or subspecies. This includes-
Anacamptis morio ssp. picta
Tubers are harvested in Iran for use as salep, a health drink and also considered to be super food. In Europe, Anacamptis species are protected.
Although untrue, it was once believed that salep contained the greatest amount of nourishment in the smallest bulk. To protect against famine at sea, it was proposed that salep should constitute part of a ship’s provision at all times.
Orchid tubers (not salep) are fed to weak children cut off from other supplies.
Chinese name: Zhizhu Lan
The Greek word arachne (spider, scorpion)
Members of the genus are commonly known as Scorpion Orchids.
Arachnis is distributed in Peninsular Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Hybrids between Arachnis and other monopodial orchids travel well, and they were used to initiate the transcontinental cut ﬂower orchid industry. Intergeneric hybridisation involving Arachnis is extensive.
Chinese name: Baoye Lan
Nepali name: Gangdol
Common name: Heart shaped Brachycorythis
Brachycorythis is a genus of over 30 predominantly terrestrial orchids distributed in Africa and tropical Asia. The name is derived from the Greek brachy (short) and korys (helmet).
B. obcordata is distributed in India, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. It ﬂowers June to August in Bangladesh; July to August in Nepal; July to September in Bhutan.
The root is an astringent, expectorant, antidiarrhoeal, with use as a tonic in Nepal. Boiled pseudobulbs are eaten as food. Leaves and shoots are also cooked and eaten as a vegetable.
Cymbidium iridioides D. Don Syn. Cymbidium giganteum Wall ex Lindl.
Chinese name: Huang chan Lan
Phytochemistry: C. iridioides contains a triterpene glucoside, cymbidoside and a taraxerane triterpenoid, taraxerone, gigantol and sitosterol. Taraxerone was inactive against leukaemia, or renal and ovarian cancer cell lines.
Herbal Usage: In Nepal, juice from the leaves of C. iridioides is used as a haemostatic on wounds. In the Khasi Hills in India, leaf juice is used to stop bleeding from wounds and for diarrhoea.
Other scent notes
Ambergris, Coumarine, Clary Sage, Corn Silk, Reed, Nettle, Shiso, Satureja