Flower Portrait: Vanda Orchids

Vanda orchids are epiphytic. They grow on the trunks or branches of trees. In their native countries, the Philippines and other parts of south-east Asia, the atmosphere is always humid and Vanda roots have a spongy covering which absorbs water and nutrients from the air. Many vandas produce very showy flowers.

Vanda coerulea is one of the few orchids with blue flowers and are endangered. The stunning blue Vanda is responsible for the dramatic blues and purples seen in many cultivated vanda orchids.

Blue Vanda
Blue Vanda

Vanda Miss Joaquim is the national flower of Singapore. It is a hybrid of the Burmese Vanda teres with the Malayan Vanda hookeriana.


2 Comments Add yours

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are pretty dramatic flowers!

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