Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Vanda spp. (VAN-da)
blue, orange, yellow, pink, white, lavender, often spotted
Form and Size:
The leafless stems of vanda orchids and are 24 – 32 inches long with up to 15 flat flowers that are clustered on each stem. The flowers are 2 – 4 inches in diameter with a reduced lip.
7 – 14 days
Cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Orchidaceae (orchid) family, vanda orchids originated in Asia and Malaysia. These exotic blossoms look beautiful in vase arrangements and other contemporary arrangements.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of vanda orchids include cymbidium, oncidium, paphiopedilum and cattleya orchids. In the 19th century, orchids became very popular and inspired many hunters to look for them. As many as 4,000 trees were cut down at one time in order to get the exotic looking blooms. One of the most popular varieties is Vanda coerules, which originated in northern India.