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Vanda alpina  Montane Vanda


 Montane Vanda, Vanda alpina


Vanda alpina (Lindl.) Lindl. 1853 SECTION Cristatae Photos by Eric Hunt

Part shade Warm to Cool LATE Spring EARLY Summer

Common NameThe Montane Vanda - In China Chui Tou Wan Dai Lan

Flower Size .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm]

Found in the western Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himlayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and southern China in warm broad-leafed forests at elevations of 1200 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a terete stem envelopd completely by imbricate leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying broadly linear to oblong, arched, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a short to .8" [2 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered, glabrous inflorescence with ovate, subacute sheaths and triangular, obtuse floral bracts and carrying pendant flowers.

The major difference between this species and V cristata is that V alpina does not have the horns at the apex of the lip and V cristata does.

Synonyms *Luisia alpina Lindl. 1838; Stauropsis alpina (Lindl.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; Trudelia alpina ( Lindl. ) Garay 1986