Vanda

COMMON NAME

Vanda

TYPE

Orchid

FAMILY

Orchidaceae

NOTES

There are about 80 species, and the genus is commonly cultivated for the marketplace. This genus and its allies are considered to be among the most specifically adapted of all orchids within the Orchidaceae. The genus is highly prized in horticulture for its showy, fragrant, long-lasting, and intensely colorful flowers. Vandas are monopodial orchids, meaning they grow from a single stem with roots emerging from the bottom. The leaves are alternating, climbing the stem in a ladder-like progression. Older vandas frequently branch, and if left undivided the plants can grow into very large specimens. Vandas flower from spikes that emerge from the central stem and poke out between the leaves.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

East Asia, Southeast Asia, and New Guinea

NATIVE HABITAT

Mostly epiphytic, but sometimes lithophytic or terrestrial orchids

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

thespruce.com

aos.org

 

Vanda