Vanda testacea Rchb. f. 1877 SECTION Longicalcarata Christenson

Photo by Carson Barnes and The Orchid Consultant Website


Photo by P. A. Mahon


Common Name The Brick-Red Vanda - In Thailand Khem Luang

Flower Size 3/4" to .8" [1.8 to 2 cm]

Found in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, China, Nepal and Bhutan at elevations of 780 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect stem enveloped by leafless and leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying, equitant, oblong, coriaceous, unequally bilobed and tridentate apically leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, stout, 2 to 10" [5 to 25 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence

CAUTION!!!! Often cited as a synonomous with V parviflora and may be but this one differs in the larger plant size and certain floral characterstics.

Synonyms *Aerides testacea Lindl. 1833; Vanda testacea var. parviflora (Lindl.) M.R.Almeida 2009

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 as V parvifolia not drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 photo fide; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Vandas Motes 1997 photo fide; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 1 Tanaka 2003; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 2 Tanaka 2004; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Myanmar Taunggyi 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #1 2015 photo/drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018