East-Himalayan Vanda
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East-Himalayan Vanda
P Native Photo: Gary Thingnam
Common name: East-Himalayan Vanda
Botanical name: Vanda griffithii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Luisia griffithii, Trudelia griffithii

East-Himalayan Vanda is an orchid dwelling on trees, rocks, often forming large clumps, 16-26 cm tall. Stem is erect, covered by laef sheaths, 7-13 cm long; sheaths overlapping, veined, 1.5-2 cm long. Leaves are weakly curved, oblong, tip unequally 3-lobed, 9-15 x 0.8-1.4 cm. Flowers are many, emerging from within leaf sheaths, 4-flowered; flower-cluster-stalk 1-1.5cm long. Flowers are faintly scented, 1.5-2 cm across; sepals and petals greenish-yellow, lip greenish with soft purple veins, column white; flower-stalk and ovary slender, winged, 1.3-1.5 cm long. Dorsal sepalis lanceshaped to obovate, blunt, 1-1.1 x 0.15-0.2 cm; lateral sepals pendent, lanceshaped, somewhat pointed, 1.1-1.2 x 0.2-0.25 cm. Petals are spreading, linear-oblong, blunt, 1 x 0.15 cm. Lip is 3-lobed, sac-like at base, 0.6-1.1 x 0.3-0.5 cm; lateral lobes semi-circular, short; mid-lobe simple, fleshy, broadly lanceshaped, somewhat pointed to blunt, tip recurved, margins weakly wavy. Column is broad, 2 mm long. East-Himalayan Vanda is found in Nepal to East Himalaya, Bhutan.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in cultivation in Imphal, Manipur.

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