Neofinetia falcata

The samurai orchid

Neofinetia falcata

In Japan, the native orchid Neofinetia falcata, known as fuh-ran, or “the orchid of the winds,” has highly prized, variegated foliage and a small, delicate, and fragrant flower with a long nectar spur. Its nickname, the “samurai orchid,” harks to the time when only the warrior class was allowed to grow it—or even possess it.