Vanda merrillii Ames & Quisumb. 1932 SECTION Deltoglossa Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi Vortex Orchid Pages

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Peter O'Byrne, Dr. E.F. de Vogel Andre Schuiteman and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III


Common Name Merrill's Vanda [American Botanist in the Philippines late 1800's and early 1900's]

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in the Philippines on the island of Luzon at elevations around 500 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing, monopodial epiphyte with an elongated stem carrying several, linear-oblong, recurved leaves that blooms on an axillary, horizontal to ascending, 10" [25 cm] long, several to many [10 to 15] flowered inflorescence with spicily fragrant, fleshy, waxy, glossy, long-lasting flowers occuring in the spring.

Synonyms Vanda merrillii var immaculata Ames & Quism, 1933; Vanda merrillii var rotorii Ames & Quism. 1933

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 ; Vandas Motes 1997 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 5 2001 photo; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 1 2006 photo; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide