The flowers are mildly perfumed, reminding one of the Frangipani. They stay for a month on the plant.
Aerides crispum is called Draupadi Dande in Kannada, meaning 'garland of Draupadi'. Draupadi was the heroine of the Indian epic, Mahabharata. She obviously did not have enough time to make a long garland Another variety which has become rare in the Western Ghats, is 'Seethe Dande', meaning Seetha's garland'. The inflorescence of that one is 3 feet long, or even longer, showing that Seetha has all the time in the world to weave garlands..