Vanda cristata Lindl. 1828SECTION Cristatae

Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Photo by Diane Booth


Common Name The Comb Vanda - In China Cha Chun Wan Dai Lan

Flower Size 2" [2.5 to 5 cm]

Found in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet province China in montane forests of on moss covered trees that can take some full sun at altitudes of 600 to 2300 meters as a medium sized, warm to cold growing monopodial epiphytic species with a stout stem carrying coriaceous, recurved, truncately tridentate apically, conduplicate, linear leaves that are articulated basally to the imbricate sheathing leaf bases and blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, descending, short, few [2 to 6] flowered inflorescence with short, broad bracts that are shorter than the leaves.

It has fragrant floral scented, waxy, long-lived flowers with horns on the apex of the lip which is the determining factor between this species and V alpina.

Synonyms Aerides cristatum (Lindl.) Wall. ex Hook. 1890; Luisia striata (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl 1893; Trudelia cristata (Lindl.) Senghas 1988; Vanda striata Rchb. f. 1868

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1867 as Vanda striata drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 # 6 1968; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 5 1983 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 #5 1983 as V cristata var multiflora photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 as Trudelia cristata drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 as Trudelia cristata photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #2 1997 photo fide; Vandas Motes 1997 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 6 2000 photo fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 12 2001 photo fide; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo fide; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #1 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #11 2015 photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #5 2017 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;