I made a sweet discovery yesterday. I have flowered many Nepenthes over the years and am very accustomed to the often "musky" smell that those flowers produce. It is distinctive and some people like it while other don't. Most often it is the male plants that produce the strongest smells but, sometimes, the females also produce a distinct aroma.
While visiting the highland plants yesterday I noticed the most pleasant perfume in the air. This was a smell unlike anything I have known Nepenthes to produce. It was coming from the male flowers on N. mira and, without a doubt, it was the sweetest smelling Nepenthes I have ever experienced. Not at all like the smell of any other Nepenthes the aroma of N. mira is more like that of an orchid. I'm at a loss for a description. It seems to me to be similar to the smell produced by some Gongora or Stanhopia orchids.
Last Edit: Sept 17, 2013 19:35:12 GMT -10 by leilani