Vanda coerulescens Griffith 1851 SECTION Longicalcarata Photo by Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Fragrance Part sun HotCool LATE Winterand Spring

Common Name The Sky Blue Vanda - In Thailand - Ueang khem - Famui noi - In China Xiao Lan Wan Dai Lan

Flower Size 1 1/2" [ 3 cm]

This monopodial species comes from Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Yunnan China, Myanmar and Thailand as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 300 to 1200 meters with a terete stem carrying ligulate, channeled above, keeled below, bilobed apically leaves, and as in all Vandas grow best in wooden slat baskets with no media. The later winter and spring flowers have a pleasing scent of grape and are borne on an axillary erect or drooping, to 2' [60 cm] long, longer than the leaves, many [15 or more] flowered inflorescence with many long-lasting flowers.

Synonyms Vanda coerulescens var. hennisiana Schltr. 1914 ; Vanda coerulescens var. lowiana Rchb.f. 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 3 1973; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 drawing ok; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo fide;Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo fide; The Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen & Mori 1997; Vandas Motes 1997 photo fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 1 Tanaka 2003; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 2 Tanaka 2004; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007; 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; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; The Wild Orchids of Myanmar Taunggyi 2014 photo fide

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