Vanda wightii Rchb.f. 1864 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya

Flower Closeup

Photos by Prejith Sampath and his Presam's Vanda Haven

Common Name Wight's Vanda [English Surgeon and Orchid Collector in Asia, later director of Madras Botanical Garden in India 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in lowland deciduous forests at elevations of 50 to 150 meters as a giant sized, hot growing epiphyte with narrowly ligulate, unequally acutely bilobed apcially leaves that blooms in the spring or fall on an axillary, few flowered inflorescence and at present is extremely rare. The flowers have a pleasant nocturnal fragrance.

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


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010