Vanda testacea – 365 days of orchids – day 870

This small growing and small flowered Vanda species is a spectacular member of the genus and the star of the greenhouse this week.

Vanda testacea is native to The Himalayas from Nepal to Mayanmar and also from Sri Lanka where it is found from 700 to 2000m. The range implies it can take quite cool temperatures but we find it enjoys life with the other Vandas in Warm Asia.

This plant is now 25cm tall and 30cm wide. the long lasting yellow and pink flowers are held well clear of the leaves and the species clearly likes to produce multiple spikes. The flowers are probably butterfly pollinated with a small curved spur at the base of the lip.


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