Vanda coerulea Griff. ex Lindl. 1847 SECTION Longicalcarata Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Blue Vanda - In Thailand - Fa mui - In China Da Hua Wan Dai Lan

Flower Size to 4" [10 cm]

A medium to large sized, warm to cool growing, monopodial epiphyte that is found in India, Myanmar and Thailand at elevations of 800 to 1700 meters on exposed dwarf oak trees or in deciduous forests in areas with a distinct dry season in the winter with daylong sun. This species has very stout stems carrying coriaceous, ligulate, distichous, conduplicate, obliquely tridentate apically leaves and blooms in the fall on an axillary, erect or suberect, 2' [60 cm] long, laxly few to several flowered inflorescence with long-lasting flowers.

Synonyms Vanda caerulescens Lindl. 1857

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 10 1964 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 3 1973 drawing fide; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 NO 1 1980 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 6 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 3 1986 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 7 1987 photo; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 photo fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 9 2001 photo; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 4 2003 photo; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 1 Tanaka 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 1 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 photo; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 no 1 2008 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008 photo; 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; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;

Vanda coerulea Griff. ex Lindl. 1847 var semi-alba Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page.

A color variety of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo;

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