No matter how many vowels in its name, Oeoniella has plenty of charms. It’s an orchid species that’s easy to grow, with dainty flowers that produce a strong, sweet scent.

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Pronounced “oh-ee-NEE-ella,” rhymes with “go see me, Ella,” its name comes from Greek words describing the flower’s resemblance to an eagle’s wings. Maybe the pointed tip on the flower lip also inspired thoughts of a bird’s beak.

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Oeoniellas are native to Madagascar, the Seychelles, and other small islands of the Indian Ocean. They need high humidity, bright light, warm temperatures, and regular water. With good humidity, they can handle temps over 90F (32 C.) Flowers can last a month or more. Like many white orchids from Africa, they’re only fragrant at night when their moth pollinators are active.

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7 Comments on “Oeoniella”

  1. temperance Says:

    That’s so cute! It reminds me of a brassavola. (And you know I *love* your pronunciation tips! 🙂

  2. nancy Says:

    I like the point on the lip
    it looks like its pointing out where the good stuff is!

  3. Joy Blake Says:

    I see the resemblance to brassavola. Both the color and the shape look like brassavola nodosa.

  4. AboutOrchids » Blog Archive » Jumellea Says:

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  5. NYBryant Says:

    What charming flowers! Your post really makes me miss growing exotics like these.

  6. gk1974 Says:

    Thanks for the great photos.

  7. AboutOrchids » Blog Archive » Angraecum Says:

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