Papilionanthe vandarum (Rchb. f.) Garay 1974 Photo by © Gustavo Righelato

Another Angle Photo by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

FragranceFull sun Cool Spring

Common Name The Vanda-Like Papilionanthe - In China Wan Dai Feng Die Lan

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [3.8 to 5 cm]

Found in Assam, eastern Himalayas, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar and southern China at elevations of 1200 to 1750 meters as a large sized, cool growing, erect to pendant growing epiphyte that forms large masses of branching, hanging, flexuous stems carrying suberect, terete, acuminate, sulcate leaves with the leaf bases being longitudinaly grooved. The plant blooms in the spring with a 1 to 3 flowered, 1' [30 cm] long inflorescence arising from the stem in between the leaf bases and carries 1 to 4, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Aerides cylindricum Hooker 1857; *Aerides vandarum Rchb. f. 1867; Vanda vandarum (Rchb.f.) K.Karas. 1992

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Aerides vandarum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Aerides vandarum drawing fide;  Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Aerides vandarum photo fide; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Aerides cylindricum; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 5 1993 photo; AOS Bulletin No 63 No 11 1994 photo; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 1 2005; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase & Rasmussen 2014;

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