Vanda arbuthnotiana Kraenzl. 1892 NO Photo

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Common Name Arbuthnot's Vanda [English first flowerer of species in England late 1800's]

Flower Size 1.5" across [3.75 cm]

Found in Malabar India as a medium to large sized epiphyte with an erect stem carrying distichous, alternate, conduplicate, strap-shaped, bright green, thinner than other Vanda, apically bilobed with rounded lobes and a midtooth between them that blooms in the later spring on an axillary, several flowered, racemose inflorescence.

The flowers of this species are described thusly: "The flowers are narrower and more compressed than usual in other Vandas, even the spur is compressed and sharpened on its upper and lower side, the lip is smaller, the side lobes are not well developed and the middle lobe is fiddle-shaped, with three to five elevated lines running downwards from the base to the point of the lip. The color is more or less intense golden yellow, with more purplish stripes across the leaflets [sic] but by no means tesselated. The full expanded flower is 2.5" high and 1.5" across. The Gardners' Cronicle 1892(1): 522 (1892


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Gard. Chron. 1892(1): 522 Kraenzlin 1892; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 ;