Vanda celebica Rolfe 1899

SECTION Dactylolobatae Suarez Cootes 2007

Side view of Column

Inflorescence and Plant Photos by Stan McLaren


Common Name The Celebes Vanda [Sulawesi on Modern Maps]

Flower Size 1.2" to 1.4" [3 - 4 cm]

Found in Sulawesi at elevations of 500 to 600 meters where it has been recently rediscovered, Vanda celebica was thought to be extinct as the last known specimen was collected in 1910. It is a large sized, warm growing, clump forming monopodial epiphyte from north Sulawesi with rather thin decurved leaves and blooms in the summer on a short, to 8 flowered inflorescence.

Its flowers are 1.2 to 1,6" [3 - 4 cm] across, have a lily-like fragrance that changes to a cucumber aroma after several weeks. The fragrance is strongest in the early evening.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German Papua & New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 ; Vandas Martin Motes 1997; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #2 2015 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #2 motes 2016 photo fide