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Native Singaporean Orchid notes: Cattleya Walkeriana
Cattleya Walkeriana - Used in Oriental 7 (Women) for Team building Perfume workshop
This is not a native variety, but was loved by many people during 2017 show at Gardens by the bay. As a result we have added this to our permanent collection. Cattleya walkeriana is called the Queen of the Brazilian savannah because the heartland of this magnificent species is the Brazilian central plateau and surrounding areas. The plants are relatively small, epiphytes, lithophytes and even semi-terrestrial in leaf litter. For over 30 years, the author has devoted much of her efforts with the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (IBAMA) to protecting and studying the rich orchid flora of Brazil. This is a diminutive beauty that has a relaxing cinnamon and vanilla fragrance. It frequently passes this quality to its offspring, so be on the lookout for hybrids that use this as a parent.
Therapeutic Orchid notes:
Goodyera R. Br.
Chinese name: Banye Lan
Chinese medicinal name: Banyelan
Japanese name: Shusu Ran
Members of the genus are known as “rattlesnake plantain” in North America. Like many terrestrial orchids, these orchids are also dependent on speciﬁc groups of fungi for their existence. Nitrogen acquisition by the orchid was predominantly through a fungus-dependent pathway.
Gymnadenia orchidis Lindl. Syn. Gymnadenia conopsea (L.) R.Br. var. yunnanensis Schltr.
Chinese names: Shouzhangshen (name also refers to Gymnadenia crassinervis Finet). Xinanshoushen (southwest hand ginseng), Xinanshouzhangshen (southwest hand palm ginseng)
Indian names: Salam panja, Salam punja, Salep
Nepali names: Hati Jara; Panch aunle (“ﬁve ﬁngers”, referring to the root) in Nepali; Ongbu lakpa (Sherpa)
This terrestrial orchid is found in thickets and forests along valleys at altitudes of 2400–4000 m. A period of chilling stimulates seed germination, and green pod culture works well in vitro.
Herbal Usage: In India, salep is supposed to have aphrodisiac properties. Pseudobulb powder is applied to cuts and wounds in Nepal. A decoction of the pseudobulbs is taken three times a day, in moderation, to relieve stomach ache and liver or urinary disorders. It enjoys a wide application in Chinese herbal medicine, almost similar to that of ginseng. It is used to treat coughs caused by weak lungs, cure impotence and other forms of sexual dysfunction, discharge, traumatic injuries, thrombosis, chronic hepatitis and failure of lactation.
The scent is fragrant. It works very well in floral scent due to benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate, methyl eugenol, eugenol, elemicine, benzyl alcohol, cinnamic alcohol with trace amounts of phenylethylalcohol, phenylethylacetate and (Z)-3-hexenol.
Nervilia gammieana (Hook.f.) Pfitzer. Syn. Pogonia gammiena Hook f.
Indian name: Shankhaluka
It is found in Pakistan, Nepal and Indian Himalayas, at 600–800 m in Garhwal and in pine forest in north-east India.
Phytochemistry: Alkaloids are present in this species.
Herbal Usage: The tubers are used as salep
Vanda coerulea Griff. ex Lindl.
Chinese name: Dahuawandai Lan (big ﬂower ten thousand generation orchid, Large Vanda)
Thai name: Fa Mui (in the north), Pho don ya, Pho thong (Karen Mae Hong Son)
Myanmar Name: Moe lone hmine
Indian name (Tirap District, Arunachal Pradesh): Rangpu
It forms the backbone of most blue and red Vanda hybrids. Hence, it was highly sought after and over collected. It was declared an endangered epiphytic species. Due to protection provided, it is now thriving in the wild, especially in Myanmar and northern Thailand.
In Arunachal Pradesh, it is venerated and used for worship.
Phytochemistry: Phytosterols, terpenoids, carbohydrates and stilbenoids were identiﬁed. Imbricatin, methoxycoelonin and gigantol showed anti-oxidant properties and inhibited COX-2 production and activity in ultraviolet-irradiated skin cells, thus suggesting that they could protect skin against the harmful effects of sunlight and pollution.
Herbal Usage: Juice from the leaves is used to treat dysentery and diarrhea. Juice is also used for skin diseases. It is also reported to be used extensively for lesions of eye in northeastern India.
Other scent notes
Top of white chocolate, dark chocolate, violet, fresh white musk, Cepes, black pepper, Calamus, Tonka Beans