Vanda roeblingiana Rolfe 1894 SECTION Lamellaria Lindley 1853

Photo by Eric Hunt

Flower Closeup

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name Roebelen's Vanda [German Orchid Collector SE Asia late 1800's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia and the Philippines in montane forests on medium sized tree trunks at elevations above 1500 meters in heavy shade as a large sized, cool growing, monopodial epiphyte with an elongated stem carrying several, alternate, linear-oblong, recurved, oblique, truncate leaves that blooms on an axillary, horizontal to ascending, 7 to 12" [17 to 30 cm] long, several to many [8 to 15] flowered inflorescence with long lasting, sweetly fragrant flowers occuring in the summer.

Similar to V barnesii and V javierae but this one differs in the small side lobes of the lip that are well below the column and are white in color overall, the very broadly pandurate mid lobe of the lip, the finely fimbriate mid lobe apex, the fragrant flowers, the yellow red brown color to the sepals and petals, the stiff leaves and the calli that are 3 low ridges.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 2 Quisumbing 1981 photo fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 photo fide; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988; Vandas Motes 1997 photo fide; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 3 2004; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #2 Motes etal 2015; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #1 2020 photo fide