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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:
Other scent notes
Aspen Tree, Ebony, Oak, paperbark, copahu balm, Gurjan balsam, Styrax