This dramatic fragrant monster orchid is flowering again – about a month earlier than usual this year – and reminding me of our wonderful expeditions to Sarawak in 2019 where we saw this species in number of the forests reserves near Kuching.
We have had our plant of Aerides odorata since 1996 and in the past 25 years it has grown to massive proportions. Aerides odorata ‘Writhlington’ has won two CCCs (Cultural Certificates from the RHS and must be one of Europe’s largest vandaceous plants at 2.5m high and 2m across and over 50 flower spikes.
We have seen the species in Borneo and the Himalayas showing the extensive natural range of the species. In Borneo we found the species flowering at the foot of Mount Pueh (below) where a pale yellow and pink form was growing on the trunks of trees in open forest,
and one of The highlights of the trek up Mount Singai was the a lovely white and yellow form of Aerides odorata(below) where plants were growing in shade amongst tall trees at 100m altitude. The first photo shows one of several flowering plants with the characteristic long curved spur.
In cultivation our plant enjoys our Warm Asia section (min 17C) with water year round but more in the summer.