From the delicate to the intense, take in the scents at the Gardens’ new orchid display in Cloud Forest.
Citrus, coconut and aromatic spices – these are not words one would typically associate with orchids. After all, orchids are appreciated more for their beautiful blooms and less so for their scents. With the new Scentsational Orchids display in Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay hopes to put the spotlight on a special, albeit small group of orchids that have developed a variety of smells to attract pollinators.
The interactive display features close to 1,500 orchids of more than 58 species and varieties, categorised into four scented groups – Delicate Floral, Sweet Floral, Spicy Floral, and Intense Floral. Visitors can take in the different scents by getting up-close with the orchids on display. There are also five Fragrance Boxes housing orchids with scented notes like pepper, tom yum, and bubble gum (scents may vary as the orchids in the Fragrance Boxes are refreshed periodically).
Highlights of the display include Maxillaria tenuifolia, commonly known as the Coconut Orchid as its fragrance resembles that of the tropical fruit; Rhynchonopsis Selina Kuok ‘Perfume Queen’, which brings to mind a spicy mix of cloves, cinnamon and mint; and Rhyncholaeliocattleya Duh’s Wisdom ‘Dreamy Star, which gives off a deep citrusy scent throughout the day and has been awarded the First Class Certificate by the American Orchid Society¹.
Scentsational Orchids runs till 22 September in the Cloud Forest conservatory at Gardens by the Bay.
¹The First Class Certificate is a mark of excellence that is awarded by the American Orchid Society to orchids species and hybrids with high flower quality (i.e. a score of 90 points or more on a 100-point scale).
Date: Till 22 September 2019
Time: 9am – 9pm
Venue: Cloud Forest
Details: Admission ticket charges to Cloud Forest apply. Get your tickets online to enjoy more discounts from Voyagin or Klook.
Related Read: Free Admission To National Orchid Garden
Orchids belong to one of the most diverse families in the plant kingdom. While they are known and appreciated for their variety of flowers, some have also developed an assortment of smells and strategies to attract pollinators. From the sweet perfume of Phalaenopsis bellina to the intense fragrance of Maxillaria tenuifolia, learn about the different smells that orchids produce and take in the scents at the Fragrance Box in Gardens by the Bay’s latest orchid display in Cloud Forest.
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