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Native Singaporean Orchid notes: Cattleya Aloha Case (Dark Purple Form)
Therapeutic Orchid notes:
Malaysian names: Seraman in Kelabit, Wi buntak (Iban), Busak paya (Malay)
There are 17 species distributed from Sri Lanka across Southeast Asia to Australia. Two Malaysian species, B. brevifolia and B. ruprestris, occur in the highlands. ﬁnlaysoniana is a Malaysian lowland species.
On some days the ﬂowers are plentiful whereas on other days there are no ﬂowers. This is because when ﬂower buds reach 12 mm in length, their growth abruptly slows down and this allows younger buds to catch up. An unusually cool day accelerates their development and 7 days later the orchid ﬂowers gregariously.
Mr. Burkill reported that in Malacca, a decoction of the roots was consumed for rheumatism. In Peninsular Malaysia, ﬂower stalks was chewed for treating asthma. In Sarawak, it was used to treat body aches
Dendrobium transparens Wall ex Lindl.
Nepali name: Parajivi, Thuur
It is distributed from eastern Himalaya to Yunnan and Myanmar.
Herbal Usage: Plant is used to treat fractures and dislocated bones in Nepal. D. catenatum was regarded as the most important and commonest, but other unconventional species in TCM.
Chinese name: Yufeng hua (phoenix/heron ﬂower) Japanese name: Mizu Tombo
Sanskrit name: Riddhi
It thrives in areas with distinct wet and dry seasons. It needs a dormant phase to ﬂower properly, or even just to survive. With the arrival of the ﬁrst rain, the plant sends out an aerial shoot which grows rapidly during the 2 months of heaviest rainfall, ﬂowers, and when the rainy season is over the aerial portion dies down leaving the underground tuber to await the next rainy season. The generic name is derived from Latin habena (bridle, whip, strap, veins) which describes the thread-like fringe on the lip in some species.
Liparis rheedii Lindl.
Indian Name: Simil
It is a terrestrial herb with pseudobulbs close to one another.
The colour of the plant and its ﬂowers is dependent on the amount of light that it receives. Plants growing in the shade are deep purple whereas those growing in the light are a pure green. The species occurs in mountain forests from southern India, across Thailand, Indochina, Malaysia and Indonesia to New Guinea.
Herbal Usage: It is widely used as a tonic in Karnataka. It is one of the eight ingredients of the Ayurvedic drug known as Ashtavarga. The root is used by the hill tribes in Orissa to treat cholera.
About 250 g of root is decocted in a liter of water until the volume is reduced to 333 ml. After cooling, 5 ml of the decoction is mixed with 2 ml of honey and orally administered twice a day on an empty stomach for 15–21 days as a remedy for cholera.
Paphiopediulun concolor (Lindl. ex Bateman) Pfitzer
Chinese name: Tongseduo Lan (uniform colour pouch orchid)
Chinese medicinal name: Bazhangcao, Shizilixian
The species is distributed in Guangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan, Indochina, Thailand and Myanmar on limestone.
Herbal Usage: According to CTM, nature of the herb is “hot and neutral”. Entire plant is used to relieve coughs and asthma, clear gas and for pain relief. It is used to treat pulmonary tuberculosis, bone and joint pains, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic gastroenteritis. It is not used in isolation but together with other herbs.
The fresh plant is pounded and used (1) to treat soft tissue trauma, add alcohol to the mashed plant; (2) for sores, add red sugar; (3) for snake bites, mix 30–60 g pulverized whole plant with 30–60 ml of white wine. Drink the juice and apply the residue to the area of the bite.
Papilionanthe hookeriana (Rchb.f.) Schltr. Syn Vanda hookeriana
Malaysian names: Kinta weed, pokok tulang (bone plant)
Indonesian names: Anggerik pensil (pencil orchid), Potloodorchidee (in Dutch)
A native plant of the mangrove swamps of Kinta Valley, in Peninsular Malaysia. It occurs in swampy, open, sunny areas with high rainfall amidst thickets and shrubs in peninsular Thailand and Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo and Indochina.
Herbal Usage: A hot paste is used for treating painful joints in northern Peninsular Malaysia.
Other scent notes
Coffee, Woody Orchid bark, Tonka Bean, Amber, Spice