Vanda christensoniana – 365 days of orchids – day 881

This small growing vanda species is native to Vietnam where it grows in seasonally dry forest from sea level to 700m altitude. We have explored similar habitat in Laos and this forest is deciduous and semi-deciduous meaning this orchid has adapted to cope with bright light and dry periods. The leaves are almost terete and turn a red/purple colour when enjoying good light.

The sweet little flowers are on short spikes and are butterfly pollinated with a long spur. The plant here is in a 3cm pot but we will be moving it into a basket so that we can grow it high in our Warm Asia section with other small vandaceous species.


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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    Is this a new orchid? I don’t think I have seen it in the greenhouse before. What sort of compost does it have? In the photo it looks like bread.