1. The chocolate
On a trip to Cuba, to investigate the prospect of working with
the authorities in Baracoa (in the southwest of the island), we
visited the orchid study centre at Soroa, west of Havana.
This orchid garden is part
of the University of Pinar del Rio.
It features more than 700 species in a 35.000 m2 area.
Amongst them the chocolate orchid.
It has a pronounced chocolate aroma and goes by the scientific
name of Encyclia plicate Acuña.
According to Ernesto
Mujica at the " orquideario de Soroa ", this type of orchid is
common in Cuba. But various other species smell of chocolate.
For example :
1. Encyclia brevifolia Ackerman and Mujica, which is from Arenas
Blancas, on the Guanahacabibes peninsular, Pinar del Rio
2. Encyclia phoenicia
which is found in the whole country
and we find the following
ones in Argentina :
1. Oncidium Sherry Baby
a. smells of either vanilla or chocolate depending on the
b. the " sweet fragrance " variety is the one that most
2. Cattleya Chocolate Drop
Cosmos chocolate flower
Cosmos chocolate (Cosmos
atrosanguineum) is from the Asteracias family.
Cosmos chocolate is a species which flowers abundantly
throughout the summer with an astonishing and quite rare
brownish purple colour.
The name chocolate is reinforced by a perfume which is
also redolent of cocoa.
Strangely, the cosmos chocolate is a bulbous plant which
disappears in winter and reappears the following season
if the bulb has been properly protected.
It produces quite high stalks, with large, finely cut
leaves. The flowers are light, velvety and elegant.