Prosthechea aemula – 365 days of orchids – day 1130

Warm Americas is a very fragrant place this morning thanks to Prosthechea aemula.

Prosthechea aemula is a vigorous grower with 15cm pseudobulbs and 25cm long dark green leaves produced each summer and long lasting sprays of up to nine flowers from each pseudobulb in early spring. Plants soon form specimens with our largest plant (shown above) having eight flower spikes this January.

This species is native to warm, wet forests over a wide range through Central and South America and we find it thrives in our Warm Americas section (min 15C) especially in baskets where plants can have heavy watering but excellent drainage.

Kate and Izzy say the flowers smell of Play-doh – I have checked and Hasbro (who make Play-Doh) formally describe [the trademarked scent] as a unique scent formed through the combination of a sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough,”. Or they could say it smells of Prosthechea aemula!!!



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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    Mine is now flowering and guess what, it really does smell of play dough!