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Orchid Species: Aerides odorata

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Aerides odorata is an orchid species identified by Lour. in 1790.
Genus
Aerides (Aer.)
Grex
odorata
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
Lour.
Year
1790
ORIGIN: This species is the type species for the genus and is widespread through the Chinese Himalayas, western Himalayas, Assam, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, India, Nepal, Andaman Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Penninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi and the Philippines occurring in broadleaf, evergreen, lowland forests as a large to giant sized, highly variable, hot to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 200 to 2000 meters high up in trees in bright sun.

DESCRIPTION: A large to giant sized, highly variable, hot to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 200 to 2000 meters high up in trees in bright sun with very stout, drooping, branching stems carrying fleshy, incurved, oblong-ligulate, round lobed at the apex, broad, pale green leaves. As it's name implies it is highly fragrant and blooms in the late spring through fall on up to 3, sharply pendant, to 2' [60 cm] long, many [to 30] flowered, cylindric inflorescence that arise out of the leaf axils and as developing can be very sticky and giving rise to many, waxy, very fragrant flowers.

FLOWER SIZE: 1 to 1 3/4 inch [2.5 to 4.4 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Aeridium Aeridium odorum 1812 Salisb.
Add+ Orxera Orxera cornuta 1838 (Roxb.) Raf.
Add+ Aerides Aer micholitzii 1904 Rolfe
Add+ Aerides Aer nobilis 1862 B.S.Williams
Add+ Aerides Aer odoratum
Add+ Aerides Aer ballantiniana 1885 Rchb.f.
Add+ Aerides Aer cornuta 1832 Roxb.
Add+ Aerides Aer dayana 1933 Guillaumin in H.Lecomte
Add+ Aerides Aer flavida 1851 Lindl.
Add+ Aerides Aer jucunda 1860 Rchb.f.
Add+ Aerides Aer rohaniana 1884 Rchb.f.
Add+ Aerides Aer suaveolens 1849 Blume
Add+ Aerides Aer virens 1843 Lindl.
Add+ Aerides Aer wilsoniana 1885 auct.
Add+ Limodorum Limo latifolium 1800 Thunb. ex Sw.
Add+ Epidendrum Epi odoratum 1810 (Lour.) Poir. in J.B.A.M.de Lamarck
Add+ Polytoma Polytoma odorifera 1872 Lour. ex B.A.Gomes
Add+ Epidendrum Epi aerides 1797 Raeusch.
Add+ Aerides Aer reichenbachii 1858 Linden
Add+ Aerides Aer suavissima 1849 Lindl.
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