Clearing for skin
The Dendrobium family includes over 1000 species of orchids, native to subtropical climates in Asia, Pacific islands and Australia. They attach themselves and climb on other plants, just like the vanilla orchid.
The dove orchid (also known as a pigeon orchid) produces fragrant, white flowers with yellow throats.
When viewed from the side, the dove orchids look like white birds.
The flowers lay dormant until rainfall or sudden drop in temperature prompts them to open. Once blooming, they last only a few hours; maybe a day.
It grows freely on roadside trees in Singapore and is considered a medicinal plant there.
Dove orchids also feature in Chinese herbal medicine. The leaves are used to help clear spotty skin. Many species of orchids have traditional cosmetic uses.