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Vanda - Orchids

Coveted around the world, Vanda is a genus of 50 orchid species found throughout tropical Asia, into the Philippines, and down to Australia. Prized for their huge and long-lasting flowers, Vanda orchids are medium to large monopodial (they grow from a single stem) epiphytic (growing on trees), occasionally lithophytic (growing on rocks) orchids with distichous, strap-shaped leaves. The axillary inflorescences often bear large and showy flowers, sometimes scented. These warm-growing tropical orchids are grown in the millions throughout Asia and in America. Most Vandas are grown in baskets that allow their long roots to hang freely. Most species require bright light, warm temperatures, ample water and air movement.

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Vanda (Orchids)

Coveted around the world, Vanda is a genus of 50 orchid species found throughout tropical Asia, into the Philippines, and down to Australia. Prized for their huge and long-lasting flowers, these warm-growing tropical orchids are grown in the millions throughout Asia and in America. Vanda orchids are not a good choice for beginners as many species require bright light, warm temperatures, high humidity, ample water and strong air movement.  Some of these requirements can be difficult to follow at home.

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Vanda coerulea (Blue Vanda)

Vanda coerulea (Blue Vanda) is a medium to large sized epiphytic orchid species boasting erect or suberect axillary inflorescences giving rise to large, long-lasting flowers. Blooming in the fall, the blossoms, 4 in. across (10 cm), are pale violet-blue to purple-blue, tessellated with darker purple.

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Vanda coerulescens (Sky Blue Vanda)

Vanda coerulescens (Sky Blue Vanda) is a small sized epiphytic orchid species boasting erect or drooping axillary inflorescences giving rise to 15 or more pleasantly scented flowers. Blooming in late winter and spring, the long-lasting blossoms, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), feature white to pale violet-blue sepals and petals, and a purple-blue lip, often adorned with white stripes.

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Vanda denisoniana (Lady Denison Londesborough's Vanda)

Vanda denisoniana (Lady Denison Londesborough's Vanda) is a medium sized epiphytic orchid species boasting erect axillary inflorescences giving rise to strong vanilla scented flowers in the evening. Blooming in late winter and spring, the blossoms, 2 in. across (5 cm), feature creamy-yellow sepals and petals and a yellow-green lip.

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Vanda sanderiana (Waling-Waling)

Vanda sanderiana (Waling-Waling) is a large sized epiphytic orchid species boasting stout, erect or ascending inflorescences giving rise to 4-10 large, long lasting, fragrant flowers. Blooming mostly in the fall, the blossoms, 3.5-4.5 in. wide (9-11 cm), feature broadly elliptic, dorsal sepals and petals in a delicate rose color with brown spots towards their base. The lateral sepals are tawny-yellow, flushed and veined with red-blown.

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Vanda tricolor (Soft Vanda)

Vanda tricolor (Soft Vanda) is an epiphytic orchid species boasting erect to suberect inflorescences giving rise to 6-9 large, fragrant, long-lived flowers. Blooming in the fall and winter, the waxy blossoms, 2-3 in. across (5-7 cm), feature white sepals and petals outside, mottled with cinnamon-red or yellow inside, and a striking mauve or lilac lip.

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