Vanda bensonii Bateman 1866 Photo by Lourens Grobler

FragranceFull sunHot to WarmSpring

Common Name Benson's Vanda [English officer and Orchid Enthusiast in Myanmar 1800's] - In Thailand - Sam poi phae - Sam Poi Chomphu

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Assam India, Myanmar and Thailand in deciduous forests at low to moderate elevations as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing, monopodial epiphyte with an erect, leafy stem carrying lorate, coriaceous, alternate leaves that blooms on an axillary, erect, racemose, stout, to 18" [45 cm] long, several flowered [10-20] inflorescence with fragrant flowers occuring in the spring and occasionally at other times of the year.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1867; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1963 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 ; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #2 1997 photo fide; Vandas Motes 1997 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 1 Tanaka 2003; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; The Wild Orchids of Myanmar Taunggyi 2014 photo fide