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Native Singaporean Orchid notes: Platanthera Bifolia
Platanthera Bifolia - Used in Woody 6 (Women) for Team building Perfume workshop
Scandinavian name: Nattviole (night violet) ; German name: Waldhyazinthe (wood hyacinth) and Chinese name: Xijushechun Lan
Commonly known as Lesser Butterfly Orchid - According to an old legend Jesus was praying the night before his crucifixion and a group of angels came down to comfort him, placing themselves in lesser butterfly orchid’s flowers. In memory of that the lesser butterfly orchid’s flower is still in the shape of an angel, shining white in the twilight on summer nights and emitting a strong, pleasant scent. Apart from humans, its scent also attracts night butterflies, mainly hawk moths but also geometrid and owlet moths.
SPME-GC-MS analysis of the scent of Platanthera bifolia subsp. osca collected during the night showed as main components lilac alcohols B, C and D and lilac aldehydes A, B and C. Other significant chemical components were linalool and caryophyllene . Its a non-native, but we had to add it to our collection due to legend and of course smell.
It has loroglossin (a phenolic gly- coside) and phytoalexin, which make it therapeutic. Moreover, the plant leaves contain two ﬂavonols, querce- tin and kaempferol.
In Turkey and Iran, people use it to make Selap. (a healthy drink)
Therapeutic Orchid notes:
Anoectochilus reinwardtii Blume
A. reinwardtii is found in Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Maluku at 1400–1700 m and it is believed to have magical powers. The Iban and Kelabit tribes of Borneo use the orchid to treat infertility. Supposedly infertile woman would conceive if leaves of a single plant are placed under their sleeping mat.
Calanthe davidii Franch.
Chinese name: Jianyexiaji Lan (sword leaf prawn spine orchid) Changyegenjie Lan
Chinese medicinal name: Mayaqi (the name is shared with Calanthe alpina)
Description: Flowers are numerous, crowded, randomly orientated. It is distributed from India across southern China to Taiwan and southern Japan. It is probably seriously endangered or extinct in the Himalayas now.
Herbal Usage: Herb (Mayaqi) refers to both C. alpina and C. davidii. They are used in range of Chinese Herbal Medicine .
Habenaria stenopetala Lindl.
Chinese name: Xiabanyufenghua
Chinese medicinal name: Jishencao
A terrestrial herb of variable height. It ﬂowers in August in Thailand, and to October in China, also August to October in India.
It is found in open areas or in dipterocarp forests in Pakistan, northern India, Southeast Asia and in Tibet, Guizhou, Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands of Japan at 300–1800 m.
Herbal Usage: In CTM it is used to treat erectile dysfunction and hernias. It enhances kidney and sexual functions. The medicine is prepared by boiling 3–9 g of the dried plant.
There are 54 species of Habenaria in China, of which 13 are used in Chinese herbal medicine. An equal number of Habenaria species are used medicinally in India. The usages in the two large Asian nations do not overlap and many species which occur in both countries may be used in one but not in the other.
Luisia tenuifolia Blume Syn. Luisia birchea Blume
This robust Orchid is distributed in southern India and prefers high elevations above 1500 m. It occurs in large clusters on tree trunks and is common in Peninsula. It also occurs in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Herbal Usage: The whole plant is pounded for use as an emollient. It is also applied as a poultice to heal swellings such as boils, abscesses and tumors. A powder prepared from the plant is mixed with vinegar to treat kidney disease, scalding, leucorrhoea and gonorrhea.
Plantanthera edgeworthii (Hook f. ex Collett) RK Gupta syn. Habenaria edgeworthii Lindl., Habenaria acuminata (Twaites) Trimen
Indian Ayurvedic names: Riddhi, Riddhi Vridhi, Laksmi, Mangala, Rathanga, Rissisrista, Saravajanpriya, Siddhi, Sukha, Vasa, Yuga, Kakoli. (in Garhwal): also Pranda, Talgranthisamakand, Vamavartal, Vrisya
It is distributed from China to the northwest Himalayas, and also in Anamalai Hills of Tamil Nadu.
Herbal Usage: Riddhi is an important medicine in the Ayurvedic tradition. Roots
are eaten as food or a tonic. It is also used as an aphrodisiac. It is sweet in taste, and “paciﬁes vata and pitta but aggravates kapha”, which translates as meaning that it is good for slim or driven people, but bad for those who are laid back or obese. It is cooling and promotes semen production. Leaves and roots are used for treating ‘diseases of the blood’. In Garhwal, Indian Himalayas, the powdered orchid pseudobulb is added to Ashtavarga and Swarnabhashma (from gold calcinations) to pre- pare a potion to promote milk production.
Vriddhi is used as brain tonic, general tonic, depurant, appetiser, “rasayan” and emollient. Oral dose is 2–3 g of powdered tuber. It features in Astavarga churna, Chyavanprash rasayan and Mahamayura ghrita.
Sedirea subparishii (Z.H. Tsi) Christianson syn. Hygrochilus subparishii Z.H. Tsi
Chinese name: Duanjingeji Lan
Chinese medicinal name: Zhijialan
Fragrant Orchid: This has a nice sweetish scent.
Herbal Usage: In CTM is used to counter heat and wind. A decoction prepared with 30 g of the herb, sweetened with white sugar, is administered to children afﬂicted by acute illnesses involving the brain and nerves.
Other scent notes
Aspen Tree, Ebony, Oak, paperbark, copahu balm, Gurjan balsam, Styrax