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Native Singaporean Orchid notes: Sophrolaeliocattleya Dream Walk
Therapeutic Orchid notes:
Genus: Calanthe Brown
Calanthe, commonly called Christmas orchids, is a genus of about 220 species.
Chinese name: Xiaji Lan (prawn spine orchid) Japanese name: Ebine
They are terrestrial plants with thick roots, small oval pseudobulbs and large corrugated leaves. The sepals and petals are narrow and a similar size to each other and the labellum usually has spreading lobes.
Calanthe are sympodial orchids with short stems and several plicate, elliptical leaves that are spirally arranged, or arranged in two rows, ensheathing the stem. Inﬂorescences arise at the side or from the base and carry many showy ﬂowers on a short raceme.
Calanthe is the ﬁrst orchid species to be artiﬁ- cially hybridised by man. Calanthe, was derived from two Greek words, kalos(beautiful) and anthe (bloom), meaning ‘beautiful ﬂower’.
Dactyloriza umbrosa (Kar and Kir.) Nevski
Common name: Dark Dactylorhiza
Chinese name: Yin Sheng Zhang Lie Lan
This is a robust species which thrives in temperate and sub-artic regions of Asia. It is also distributed in Pakistan, Afghanistan and northern Iran. Usage: It is used to prepare salep and is being harvested in Iran.
Dendrobium nodosum Dalzell. syn. Flickingeria nodosa (Dalzell) Seidenf.
Indian names: Purushratna (Kannada) Jiwanti (Ayurveda)
This epiphyte has a creeping rhizome stems with well-spaced, slender, erect or pendulous, branching pseudobulbs.
Herbal Usage: In Uttara Kanada, Karnataka Province, a sweet-tasting ‘halva’ is prepared from the orchid. The halva is used as an expectorant to treat asthma, bronchitis, “tridosha”, throat infections, and as an astringent for bilousness or to purify the blood. Cold extract of pseudobulbs of Flickingeria nodosa (¼ D. nodosum) exhibited antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (a common cause of superﬁcial infections) and Staphylococcus citreus, also a cause of skin infections. Warm extract of pseudobulbs shows antifungal activity against Trichophyton mentagrophytes, an organism that causes skin inﬂammation and infection of scalp, face, body, feet (“athlete’s foot”) and hair, commonly in rural workers. Matured fruits of
D. nodosum are used as an aphrodisiac.
Habenaria furcifera Lindl. Syn. Habenaria ovalifolia
Chinese name: Mihuayufeng Hua
This is a terrestrial herb found in deciduous forests along moist slopes besides streams in western Peninsular India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, China and Thailand and Laos.
Flowering period is August to September in India, with a more extended period in some parts.
Herbal Usage: Tubers are used in Ayurveda to treat wasting diseases, fever blood disorders, hemorrhage and fainting. A paste of this orchid is used for cuts, wounds and snake bites.
Luisia teres (Thunb.) Blume
Chinese names: Jinchajiao (gold hairpin), Chaizigu (bunched hairpins), Yuanzhuchaizigu (round pillar hairpin), Yanggunzi (goat stick), Yangangdou (stony long bean), Xiaohuangcao (small yellow grass), Chachunchaizigu
This is an epiphyte with long (55 cm), thin (4–5 mm), terete stems that carry many leaves. A Japanese variety has a solid maroon lip. Flowering season is March to May. It is found on tree trunks in exposed locations.
Herbal Usage: The entire plant is used to reduce swelling especially edema caused by fractures. It is also used for treating tumors and as a counter-poison. It also prescribed for carcinoma and malaria. Taiwanese herbalists use it to reduce swelling and heal fractures.
Malaxis versicolor (Lindl.) Abeyw. Syn. Microstylis vesicolor Lindl., Seidenﬁa versicolor Marg. and Szlach.
The color of the plant and ﬂowers are inﬂuenced by light intensity: pure green in bright light, deep purple in the shade, and yellowish inbetween.
Herbal Usage: In the western part of the Indian peninsula, a potion made with the plant is used to treat fever, biliousness and infantile epilepsy.
Also called Jeevak, it is a popular India medicinal herb that is used as a tonic and aphrodisiac in addition to its application for diverse medical conditions like fever, dysentery, rheumatism and even minor complaints like insect bites. It is supposed to boost fertility. This orchid (Jeevak) and Crepidium acuminatum (Rishbaka) are two important constituents of Astavarga, an Indian “rejuvenating” tonic that substitutes as aphrodisiac and semen booster
Other scent notes
Sweet Indian Sandalwood, balsamic, wood mix, Belambra tree, Larch, Neem, Muhuhu