Epidendrum odoratum (Lour.) Poir. in Lamarck, Encycl., Suppl. 1: 385 (1810).
Aeridium odorum Salisb., Trans. Hort. Soc. London 1: 295 (1812), nom. inval.
Epidendrum aerides Raeusch., Nomencl. Bot., ed. 3: 265 (1797).
Limodorum latifolium Thunb. ex Sw., J. Bot. (Schrader) 2: 234 (1799).
Aerides latifolia (Thunb. ex Sw.) Sw., Neues J. Bot. 1: 89 (1806).
Aerides cornuta Roxb., Fl. Ind. ed. 1832, 3: 472 (1832).
Orxera cornuta (Roxb.) Raf., Fl. Tellur. 4: 37 (1838).
Aerides virens Lindl., Edwards’s Bot. Reg. 29(Misc.): 41 (1843).
Aerides suaveolens Blume, Rumphia 4: 53 (1849), nom. superfl.
Aerides suaveolens var. virens (Lindl.) Blume, Rumphia 4: 53 (1849).
Aerides suavissima Lindl., J. Hort. Soc. London 4: 264 (1849).
Aerides flavida Lindl., Paxton’s Fl. Gard. 2: 101 (1851).
Aerides reichenbachii Linden, Wochenschr. Gärtnerei Pflanzenk. 1: 61 (1858).
Aerides odorata var. major Ortgies, Gartenflora 8: 321 (1859).
Aerides jucunda Rchb.f., Hamburger Garten- Blumenzeitung 16: 281 (1860).
Aerides nobilis R.Warner, Select Orchid. Pl. 1: t. 11 (1865).
Polytoma odorifera Lour. ex B.A.Gomes, Mem. Acad. Real Sci. Lisboa, 2 Cl. Sci. Moraes, n.s., 4(1): 30 (1868).
Aerides reichenbachii var. cochinchinensis Rchb.f., Gard. Chron. 1880(2): 620 (1880).
Aerides rohaniana Rchb.f., Gard. Chron. 21: 206 (1884).
Aerides ballantiniana Rchb.f., Gard. Chron., n.s., 24: 198 (1885).
Aerides odorata var. demidovii Linden, Lindenia 1: t. 14 (1885).
Aerides wilsoniana auct., Gard. Chron. 23: 705 (1885).
Aerides odorata var. birmanica Rchb.f., Gard. Chron., III, 3: 272 (1887).
Aerides odorata var. ballantiniana (Rchb.f.) A.H.Kent in H.J.Veitch, Man. Orchid. Pl. 7: 78 (1891).
Aerides micholitzii Rolfe, Orchid Rev. 12: 181 (1904), nom. nud.
Aerides odorata var. eburnea Cogn., Chron. Orchid. 2(1): 2 (1904).
Aerides odorata var. annamensis Costantin, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 23: 55 (1917).
Aerides dayana Guillaumin in H.Lecomte, Fl. Indo-Chine 6: 466 (1933).
Aerides odorata subvar. immaculata Guillaumin in H.Lecomte, Fl. Indo-Chine 6: 466 (1934).
Aerides odorata var. pallida Guillaumin, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., II, 34: 411 (1962).
Aerides odorata var. micholitzii (Rolfe) Guillaumin, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., II, 34: 411 (1963).
Aerides odorata f. immaculata (Guillaumin) M.Wolff & O.Gruss, Orchid. Atlas: 32 (2007).
China (W. Yunnan, Guangdong) to Tropical Asia: Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Borneo, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, India, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicobar Is., Philippines, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Thailand, Vietnam, West Himalaya as per POWO;
Common name: Fragrant Fox Brush Orchid, Fragrant Aerides, Fragrant Cat’s-tail Orchid • Bengali: অ্যারিডেস ওডোরাটা • Mizo: Nau-ban • Manipuri: ꯁꯝꯖꯤꯔꯩ ꯑꯆꯧꯕꯥ Samjirei achouba

02062006VAI1 – Orchid for ID:
Wild orchids for ID
Location: Makunda Christian Hospital campus, Karimganj District, Assam
Date: 2nd June 2006

– This is Aerides odorata.
As the name suggests it is very fragrant with lemon + vanilla + rose smell.
    This had conical spur which is curved forward. In R. retusa, the spur is inflated and there are of course spots on petals and sepals. Leaves of these never turn red like R. retusa and retusa also has retuse leaf apex this has bilobed. Other which there are many more differenced once you dissect.  


041111PD Aerides odorata Flora of Orissa:
sharing the images of one of the beautiful Orchid taken from Ranpur

Name of the species: Aerides odorata
place of collection: Ranpur, Nayagarh, Orissa
Altitude: 400 to 600 m above msl
Habit: Epiphyte
Habitat: Semi-evergreen forests

We all face the problem of irritating Smegma at different stages of life. This problem is associated with personal hygiene and in extreme cases like Buried Penis, surgery is presented as only solution but in Traditional Healing of India specially in Chhattisgarh and Orissa, Aerides species are used for management of this problem both in male and female genitals.

Many thanks … for ur most valuable information about the tkdl. I know and read ur paers on tkdl in Orissa and Chhatisgarh. When i was doing a biodiversity survey in Niyamgiri, i came across ur research work and publications. I am privileged to be a part of this group with such unique and versatile experts around India.

Attaching an image of an orchid named Aerides odorata. This beautiful orchid is having sweet smell.

Attaching an image of a Bumble Bee on the flowers of Aerides odorata orchid. This is one of my favourite orchid. Before I knew the identity of this beauty, I used to refer this as GANESH orchid, as to me each flower seems to be the replica of a miniature GANESH. Wish you happiness.



Orchidaceae fortnight : Vanda coerulea : MN : RVS13 :  Attachments (2). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Vanda coerulea is a common sight in Manipur jungles.

No sir, I think this is Aerides odorata.

Thanks … for yet another correction.

[EfloraofIndia_ORCHIDACEAE Juss. Fortnight]:19102013PD02_Aerides odorata_Flora of Odisha :
This Aerides odorata was shot from Ranpur growing in a mango tree and very common here in Odisha found in Mahendragiri hills up to 5000 ft.

Yes nice pics.

Aerides odorata Lour., Fl. Cochinch.: 525 (1790).
Distribution: China (W. Yunnan, Guangdong) to Trop. Asia

Lovely Slide … Odorata…. are these flowering have odor??

Yes sir, try smelling it, its extraordinary !!! like a mixture of lemon, rose and vanilla.

MS Oct.,2016/19 Rhynchostylis retusa : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Location : Pachang, Lunglei district, Mizoram
Date : 21/06/2011
Habit : Epiphytic orchid
Habitat : Wild

Not at all. This is Aerides odorata.

Fwd: SYMBIOSIS : 931 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Bumble Bee visiting flowers of Arides odorata (ORCHID).

Fwd: RABINDRA SANGIT : BEE-8 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Here is a translation of another song (translated by Rumela Sengupta). Bumble bee is visiting flowers of Aerides odorata (orchid)



an orchid for i.d:
An orchid
from Tipi, AP. Is it a Vanda?

– This is Aerides odorata Lour., Fl. Cochinch.: 525 (1790).

Fwd: AERIDES ODORATA ( SHAPE ) : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Attaching two collages of Aerides odorata. In the first collage one can see the flower in the natural setting.
In the second collage, three images of individual flower were selected and a composition was made. To me the arrangement looks like a canvas on which Ganapati is arranged.

Yes Aerides odorata

Orchid I’d sm_1520 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Flowering and Picture taken : May, 2018

Aerides odorata

Habitat loss for Orchids: (mixed thread): 2 correct images as above.
as the new forest rights act is been implemented in India which gives right to the tribal over their land which they have been cultivating since last three generations and also over the forest patch for collection of non timber forest produce, this has resulted in loss of some very old trees form the wild life sanctuaries resulting loss of habitat for many orchids. In one such case i have counted 12 species of orchids in a single mango tree which was in one of the tribal land in Orissa (Karlapat wildllife sanctuary, south Orissa). Finally the tree is been girdled by the land owner after getting right over it. There are 4 such trees over his land and almost all are girdled now. I am sending some of the images that i have taken during the field visit. The situation now become worse in many parts of Orissa. I think now the time has come we should initiate a discussion at policy level to create a new act (TREE ACT) for conservation of habitat (not only for orchids but also for several other plants and animals) and request all the members to have a though on it. I am drafting some thing for my state for the government of Orissa and will share you soon for your feed back. 

– Such activities occur in Chhotanagpur also where they girdle these trees and once it dries off, it becomes eligible to be cut down!! There are three orchids here, Aerides odorata (white flower), Rhynchostylis retusa (red) and Vanda tessellata (brown).

– I thought this is only happening in Orissa.
After hearing this i presume the situation would be same in other parts of the country also. So its very essential that we should advocate for tree act. I wl share it with you once i draft it.

– It also happened in West Bengal,   old trees esp peepul, mangoes, kadam , shirish  …among others used to have hundreds of orchids along the “roads” from Calcutta down south to Canning or Joynagar etc… most of these trees have been cut down… for clearing for apartments, cash/money, cooking wood,  timber for furniture….  as children we would gawk at the colors on otherwise stark black of the old tree trunks as the car ambled along the old potfilled roads…. along with the orchids, trees (hence green cover )  and the water bodies ( that acted as natural flood control devices) are gone…
   I think we woke up too late… (we means you , me, us, our politicians and businessmen)
I recently spotted a family of Dendrobium pierardii, a beautiful jewel toned pink orchid on an old kadam tree in a private garden… wonderful to behold and stopped me in my tracks and stoppedpeech for a while…

Orchid if from Bd_sm_1522 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
You should give the details atleast where is your plant from. It’s no good to send empty emails. This is Aerides odorata.


Orchid for ID : Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, USA : 11APR20 : AK-43 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Orchids seen at the Conservatory in ABG during my visit in October, 2018. 

This should be Aerides odorata.


Aerides odorata Lour.: 3 very high res. images.

Location: Surkhet, West Nepal
Altitude: 873 m.
Date: 06 June 2021
Habit : Wild


SK 3773 28 June 2023: 2 very high res. images.

Location: Rudra Beni, Gulmi, Nepal 
Date: 30 May 2023
Elevation: 500 m.
Habit : Wild
Aerides multiflora Roxb. ??

I think this is Aerides odorata.

POWO  Flowers of India

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