Vanda tricolor Hook. 1849 Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista



Common Name The Three Colored Vanda

Flower Size 2.8" [7 cm]

Found in west Java at elevations of 700 to 1600 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect stem carrying 20 or more, pale green, apically very uneven, often erose, strap-shaped leaves that blooms in the early winter on an axillary, to 10" [25 cm] long, simultaneously 6 to 9 flowered inflorescence and carrying sweetly vanilla scented flowers.

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 Limodorum suaveolens Reinw. ex Blume 1849; Vanda suaveolens Blume 1849; Vanda tricolor f. patersonii (auct.) M.Hiroe 1971; Vanda tricolor f. planilabris (Lindl.) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Vanda tricolor var. patersonii auct. 1884

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as V tricolor; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as V tricolor; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 as V tricolor drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as V tricolor photo good; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as V tricolor var watsoni; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 #10 1969 as v tricolor var cinnamomea fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 #11 1969 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 as V tricolor drawing hmm/photo fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 as V tricolor photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 as V tricolor var planilabris photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 9 1992 as V tricolor photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vopl 58 #2 1994 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; Vandas Motes 1997 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 10 2001 as V tricolor photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 as V tricolor photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 7 2003 as V tricolor photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 1 2006 photo as V tricolor; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as V tricolor; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 82 #2 2018 Photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016;