Vanda cristata Lindl. 1828SECTION Cristatae Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Plant Photo courtesy of Diane Booth

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Common Name The Comb Vanda - In China Cha Chun Wan Dai Lan

Flower Size 2" [2.5 to 5 cm]

This medium sized, monopodial epiphytic species from the montane forests of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet China on moss covered trees at altitudes of 600 to 2300 meters and is a small sized, warm to cold grower that can take some full sun with a stout stem carrying coriaceous, recurved, truncately tridentate apically, conduplicate, linear leaves that are articulated basally to the imbricate sheathing leaf bases and blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, descending, short, few [2 to 6] flowered inflorescence with short, broad bracts that are shorter than the leaves.

It has fragrant, waxy, long-lived flowers with horns on the apex of the lip which is the determining factor between this species and V alpina.

Synonyms Aerides cristatum (Lindl.) Wall. ex Hook. 1890; Luisia striata (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl 1893; Trudelia cristata (Lindl.) Senghas 1988; Vanda striata Rchb. f. 1868

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1867 as Vanda striata drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 5 1983 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 as Trudelia cristata drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Vandas Motes 1997 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 6 2000 photo; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 12 2001 photo; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 photo fide; 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; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;

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