365 days of orchids – day 108 – Vanda curvifolium (Ascocentrum curvifolium)
This small growing species is found from Assam to South East Asia and we have seen the species growing in Laos in hot lowland forest in semi deciduous trees where it experiences a hot wet summer, a slightly cooler dry winter and a hot dry spring before flowering in April. It grown on the trunks and branches of trees where there is no moss and exposed to bright light especially when the trees shed leaves in the dry season.
We grow the species in Warm Asia in baskets high in the roof where it receives high temperatures and good light.
Ascocentrum species are small growing plants that have recently been subsumed within the genus Vanda. This makes good sense on the basis of hybridisation as well as genetics as Ascocentrum species have been used a lot in Vanda breeding to give smaller growing and brightly coloured hybrids.