Vanda suavis Lindl. 1848 SECTION Deltoglossa Photo by Jean Claude George

Side View Of Flower

Inflorescence Photo by Hugo Mossner and his HM Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Oak Hill Gardens


Common Name The Soft Vanda

Flower Size 2 to 3" [5 to 7 cm]

Found in central and eastern Java as a large sized, hot growing epiphyte, lithophyte or terrrestrial with long, erect stems carrying curved, ligulate, imbricate, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms on an axillary, erect to suberect, 2 to 3" [5 to 7 cm] long, shorter than the leaves, 15 or more flowered inflorescence with large, fragrant, waxy, long-lived, color variable flowers occuring in the fall and winter.

V suavis, which hails from central and eastern Java has an inflorescence with 15 or more flowers, narrower and longer sepals and petals and the apical lobules of the lip are turned abruptly downwards and are paler than the rest of the midlobe. Then there is the similar Vanda tricolor from west Java which has an inflorescence with 6 to 9 flowers, the sepals and petals being different in width and are shorter, the side lobules being erect, and they and the midlobe are evenly colored.

Synonyms Vanda tricolor Lindley 1847; Vanda tricolor var suavis [Lindley] Rchb.f 1864

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as V tricolor var suavis; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 4 1982 photo fide as V tricolor var suavis; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 as V tricolor var suavis photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 as V tricolor var suavis photo fide; Vandas Motes 1997 as V tricolor var suavis photo fide; AOS AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 10 2008 photo as V tricolor var suavis