Vanda dearei Rchb. f. 1886 Photo courtesy of Wikia Orchid Pages

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Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi Vortex Orchid Pages

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Common Name Deare's Vanda [English Officer and Plant collector in Borneo 1800's]

Flower Size 2 3/4" to 3.6" [7 to 9 cm]

Found in lowland Borneo in riverine forests at elevations of sealevel to 300 meters as a giant sized, hot growing epiphyte, this species was extensively used in hybridisation and is the major source of yellow color in Vanda hybrids. The species itself is, however not commonly seen. The erect to semi-pendulous, stout stem completely enveloped basally by imbricate leaf bearing sheaths and carrying crowded, ligulate, bilobed and irregularly toothed apically, thick, coriaceous, conduplicate below into the base leaves. The few [5 to 8], fleshy, strongly fragrant flowers have a lot of substance and are very fragrant yet are laxly arranged on 1 to 2, short to 6" [15 cm] long, laxly flowered, lateral inflorescence crowded among the leaves. This species blooms at various times of the year with very long-lasting flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo hmm; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Lamb, Shim & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Vandas Motes 1997 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 9 2001 photo; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide;

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