Vanda gibbsiae Rolfe 1914 SECTION Dactylolobatae Suarez Cootes 2007

Lip Detail Photo by Nik Fahmi and Vortex Orchids Website

Inflorescence Photo by Dowery Orchids Website

FragrancePart Sun Warm Cool

Common Name or Meaning Gibb's Vanda [Wife of English Botanist P.E. Gibbs early 1900's]

Flower Size 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] wide

Found in northern Borneo in hill and lower montane forests at elevations of 800 to 1100 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect stems carrying many strap-shaped, arching, conduplicate, basally clasping leaves that blooms on an axillary, shorter than the leaves, few to several flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers

Similar to V hastifera but differs in the more fragrant flowers, better color and form as well as larger from 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] wide flowers. The auricles and lower margins to the lip and mid-lobe are much less hairy and the white and cream sepals are uniformly marked with smaller, more regular reddish-brown spotting.

Synonyms Vanda hastifera var. gibbsiae (Rolfe) P.J.Cribb 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 5 1980 as V gibbsiae photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 3 1983 photo fide as V gibbsiae; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 ; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 as V hastifera var gibbsiae; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #2 Motes etal 2016