At the Conservatory the other day, I experienced all of the above with respect to our orchid collection. Currently in bloom we have an orchid that smells of roses, one smelling like fruity peach, one giving off a stale spearmint scent, one a sort of spicy clove-like aroma & these two below.
This orchid smells of dung--
|Tiny blossom, approx 1 1/2 in in length|
This one smells of tangy citrus--
|Also quite wee|
The reason for this variation is that orchids have developed to attract their particular pollinator. I presume that the pollinator for our 'dung' orchid are flies. Perhaps the honey bee is attracted by the citrus-like scent of the spotted orchid below. It would seem that most orchids don't offer a nectar reward to those who stop by, hence their powerful aroma acting as a sort of rouse. It's an empty promise of 'Come and get it!'
Are there any orchids you've come across that you particularly love or don't love for their scent?