6 responses to “Aerides odorata”

  1. Bill Barnes

    Some thought that the main component that the orchid needs from the fungus is gibberillins , am wondering if a dose of cytokinins is needed as well , fungi are good at making both . Would be an interesting study if I was young and starting over again.

  2. Susan Gustavson

    I’ve really been enjoying this series on seeds. Fascinating is the orchid’s relationship with fungus. Thanks

  3. Eric Hunt

    Please note this is an extremely uncommon color form of the species. Most cultivated clones are white and pink.
    The odorata epithet is extremely appropriate – this is one of the strongest smelling orchids there is. To my nose it has an overpowering scent of syrupy candy.

  4. Albertine C. Ellis-Adam

    Hello Tamara, first of all, I liked your series on dispersal units, very good choice, very interesting, very well done.
    Yet, this old know-it-all has two comments:
    you have been a little slopy in making difference in the use of the words fruit and seed. The winged structure of Alsomitra macrocarpa is a seed, the others you have described are fruits. in popular language everything that is “sown” to get a new individual, irrespective of its nature is called “seed”, but you are a professional botanist to-be and should not fall in this pit.
    The fine mesh on the fruit of Merremia discoidesperma is the basis of a colony of Bryozoa, a group different from corals.
    By the way, are you a descendant of Théophile Bonnemaison, the 19th century phycologist?
    Success, Albertine

  5. Barbara Rokeby

    Fall into this “pit”? lol. I thought it might be a Bryozoan, but I’m not a specialist.

  6. Tamara Bonnemaison

    Hi Albertine,
    Thanks for the heads-up on my use of the terms seed and fruit. My background is in ecology, and I am on a continuous crash-course on botanical terminology for this job.
    Here is my basic understanding of the difference between seeds and fruit: fruits are the seed-bearing ovaries of flowers, while seeds are embryonic plants protected within a seed coat. Does that sound right to you? Any advice on how to keep the two straight?
    And I had no idea that there is an order, family, and genus bearing my last name. I’m now curious to find out whether I have any relation to the late Theophile. Thanks for pointing me in his direction!

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