Vanda thwaitesii Hook.f. 1898

Drawing Photo by Kumar/drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower

Plant and Flowers Photos by Enchanting Kerala Website

Part Sun Cool Spring OR Fall

Common Name Thwaites' Vanda [English Botanist and plant collector in the Indian subcontinent 1800's]

Flower Size 1.48" [3.7 cm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka at elevations around 1000 to 1200 meters as a small sized, cool growing, monopodial epiphyte with a stout stem enveloped below by brown, coriaceous sheaths and carrying towards the apex, thick, coriaceous, distichous, strap-shaped, recurving, apically trilobed, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring or fall on an axillary, stout, green, 4" [10 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with very small floral bracts.

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so use with caution.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007