Bifrenaria

ifraser25(z11 Brazil)November 13, 2008

The two best known Bifrenarias. They are sometimes confused; harrisoniae has a number of color variations but is never purple.Scented.

Bifrenaria tyrianthina

Bifrenaria harrisoniae

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digitalphrag(NC)

Even though the flowers on that harrisoniae are more cupped than the other species, I really love the lip on that thing. How strong is the fragrance?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2008 at 8:20PM
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stitzelweller(Md)

Hey digitalphrag!

I have a Bifrenaria harrisoniae which flowers occasionally. Mine is a tad tempermental.

The species has a pow'rrfull fragrance. It's delightful!

--Stitz--

    Bookmark   November 13, 2008 at 11:03PM
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stitzelweller(Md)

Ian,

Your foto of Bifrenaria tyrianthina is the best! Thanks!!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2008 at 11:08PM
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digitalphrag(NC)

The closest thing I've smelled to a bifrenaria was an intergeneric cross between bifrenaria and a zygopetalum. The zygo parentage dominated the fragrance, so I assumed the strength of it was also dominated by the zygo. Nice to know these things are powerfully fragrant, though. Perhaps at some point I'll give it a try. To me, temperamental is just another word for "I need to give it a try".

    Bookmark   November 13, 2008 at 11:18PM
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Sheila(8b SW Texas)

Both are beauties, but I love the purple! Is the tyrianthina also fragrant?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2008 at 11:33PM
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michoice

Very attractive flowers. I have never grown this species but you have now tempted me. Nice photos too.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2008 at 11:58AM
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ifraser25(z11 Brazil)

Well as I have said before on a number of occasions, scent can be difficult to describe. I think tyrianthina is the better of the two but they are both very nice. Sort of 1930s Chanel, Greta Garbo....;-)

    Bookmark   November 16, 2008 at 6:52PM
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