Vanda tricolor var. suarvis – 365 days of orchids – day 1855

This mornings late February sun brought real warmth to the greenhouse appriceiated by this giant Vanda species and resulting in lots of scent from its flamboyant flowers.


The plant is now over 2m tall with large flower spikes of beautiful waxy flowers, and a heady sweet scent.

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.

The plant is loving life in Warm Asia and has three new growths coming near the base and is well on its way to becoming a giant bush of Vanda.

Sometimes this plant is listed as a the species Vanda suavis, separate 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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