Vanda coerulea Griff. ex Lindl. 1847 SECTION Longicalcarata

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Blue Vanda - In Thailand - Fa mui - In China Da Hua Wan Dai Lan

Flower Size to 4" [10 cm]

A medium to large sized, warm to cool growing, monopodial epiphyte that is found in India, Myanmar and Thailand at elevations of 800 to 1700 meters on exposed dwarf oak trees or in deciduous forests in areas with a distinct dry season in the winter with daylong sun. This species has very stout stems carrying coriaceous, ligulate, distichous, conduplicate, obliquely tridentate apically leaves and blooms in the fall on an axillary, erect or suberect, 2' [60 cm] long, laxly few to several flowered inflorescence with long-lasting flowers.

Synonyms Vanda caerulescens Lindl. 1857; Vanda coerulea delicata Rolfe 1925; Vanda coerulea f. delicata (Rolfe) Christenson 2009; Vanda coerulea f. luwangalba Kishor 2008; Vanda coerulea f. rogersii (Rolfe) Christenson 2009; Vanda coerulea var. rogersii Rolfe 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 5 1961 drawing plant only; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1963 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #7 1964 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 10 1964 photo fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 3 1973 drawing fide; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 NO 1 1980 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 6 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 3 1986 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 7 1987 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 photo fide; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 7 1998 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 7 1999 photo fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 65 #1 2001 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 9 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 6 2003 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 1 Tanaka 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 1 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 1 2005 as V coerulea fma alba photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 9 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 1 2005 as V corulea fma alba photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 no 1 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 6 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #11 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #12 2010 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; The Wild Orchids of Myanmar Taunggyi 2014 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 81 #2 2017 photo fide;

Vanda coerulea Griff. ex Lindl. 1847 var semi-alba Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page.

A color variety of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo;

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