Vanda coerulea Griffiths ex Lindl.

Blue Vanda

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Vanda

Category: Houseplant


Blooms in autumn. Flower stem to 24", long-lasting flowers.

From Edwards The leaves of this wonderful plant are five inches long by nearly one inch wide ; at their end they are two-lobed equally, and each lobe is sharp-pointed, so that the end looks as if a piece had been struck off by a circular punch. The flowers grow in upright spikes. A piece of a stem but four inches long bears four such spikes, which are from six to nine inches long, and carry from nine to twelve flowers. Each dried flower is between three and four inches in diameter, and if allowance is made for their having shrunk in drying, they may be estimated as at least a foot in circumference. The lip is, as is usual among Vandas, small ; it is barely three-quarters of an inch long, narrow, with a short spur and a two-lobed point. Its surface is broken by three deep parallel perpendicular plates, and the lateral lobes of the base are triangular and acuminated.


Published in Edwards's Bot. Reg. 33: 30 in 1847.

Pictured in Orchid Album 6: 282 in 1887.

Native to Thailand, India and Burma.


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