365 days of orchids – day 111 – Vanda tricolor var. suavis

This grand orchid is native to lowland forest in Java and is clearly determined to become a giant orchid over time. The plant produces stiff alternate leaves 30cm long and then long spikes of flowers – the plant has three spikes out today – each with at least ten large and very fragrant flowers.

The plant is loving life in Warm Asia and has a new growth coming near the base an so will become a multi-stemmed plant over time.

One of the flower spikes.

Some times this plant is listed as a separate species Vanda suavis and seperate from the other form of Vanda tricolor (also found in Java) which has fewer, rounder flowers, but we will follow theplantlist.org in our labelling.



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