Vandopsis gigantea (Lindley) Pfitzer 1889 Photo courtesy of Nature Forest Products Website

Plant in situ in Thailand as terrestrials Photos by Ekkehard Schwadtke and Lanta Orchid Nursery and Orchid Garden Khaolak Website

Fragrance Full sunWarm to Hot Springand Summer

Common Name The Giant Vandopsis - In Thailand - Phya chat than - In China Ni Wan Dai Lan

Flower Size to about 3" [7cm]

Found in central and southern China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam as a giant sized, hot to warm growing, monopodial, epiphytic or lithophytic species occuring on open mossy rocks and bluffs in evergreen and semi-deciduous forests at elevations around 300 to 1100 meters with recurved, strap-shaped, fleshy leaves that blooms on an axillary, stout, to 16" [40 cm] long, racemose, erect, many flowered inflorescence with vaguely fragrant, long-lasting, very thick textured flowers occuring in the spring and summer.

Synonyms Fieldia gigantea [Lindl.] Rchb. f. 1862; Stauropsis chinensis Rolfe 1907; *Stauropsis gigantea Benth. ex Pfitzer 1882; Vanda gigantea Lindl. 1828; Vanda lindleyana Griff. ex Lindl. & Paxton 1851-2; Vandopsis chinensis Schlechter 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Fieldia gigantea drawing fide; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95 as Stauropsis gigantea; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 5 1957 drawing as Stauropsis gigantea; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 9 1978 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 2 1979 photo; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/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; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 9 2004 photo; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 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 ok; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Myanmar Taunggyi 2014 photo fide

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