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Vanda cristata  Comb Vanda


 Comb Vanda, Vanda cristata


Vanda cristata Lindl. 1828SECTION Cristatae Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Comb Vanda - In China Cha Chun Wan Dai Lan

Flower Size 2" [2.5 to 5 cm] Fragrant

This medium sized, monopodial epiphytic species from the montane forests of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Bhutan and tibet China on moss covered trees at altitudes of 600 to 2300 meters and is a small sized, warm to cold grower that can take some full sun with a stout stem carrying coriaceous, recurved, truncately tridentate apically, conduplicate, linear leaves that are articulated basally to the imbricate sheathing leaf bases and blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, descending, short, few [2 to 6] flowered inflorescence with short, broad bracts and that is shorter than the leaves. It has fragrant, waxy, long-lived flowers with horns on the apex of the lip which is the determining factor between this species and V cristata.

The major differnce between this species and V alpina is that this one has apical horns on the lip and V alpina does not.

Synonyms Aerides cristatum (Lindl.) Wall. ex Hook. 1890; Luisia striata (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl 1893; Trudelia cristata (Lindl.) Senghas 1988; Vanda striata Rchb. f. 1868