Luwangba's White Vanda
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Luwangba's White Vanda
ative Photo: Rajkumar Kishor
Common name: Luwangba's White Vanda • Manipuri: ꯀ꯭ꯋꯥꯛꯂꯩ ꯑꯉꯧꯕꯥ Kwaklei angouba
Botanical name: Vanda coerulea f. luwangalba    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Luwangba's White Vanda is a form of the Blue Vanda, which has beautiful snow-white flowers. This white form was discovered by Luwangba Arambam in Manipur, and described the first time only very recently (August 2008). Luwangba's White Vanda is an epiphyte with stout and erect stem about 30 cm long. Narrowly oblong leaves are about 13 cm long and about 2.3 cm wide, with a blunt tip, and with two unequal lobes. Inflorescence is about 50 cm, nearly erect, with 12 flowers. Bract are 1.2 x 0.6cm, oblanceolate, narrow-tipped, light green. Flower-stalk and ovary are 6 cm long, white with a blue tinge towards base. Flowers are about 7.5 x 8 cm, pure white. Dorsal sepal is obovate spatula-shaped, 4 x 2 cm, which wavy margin. It has a faint bluish tinge towards tip on the ventral side. Lateral sepals are 4 x 2.7 cm, broader than the dorsal, obovate, spatula-shaped, margins wavy. Petals are 4 x 2.5 cm, obovate, white with faint blue tinge on ventral tips. Lip is 2 x 0.6 cm, white, side lobes oblong with pointed tips, incurved, mid-lobe oblong, tip notched, disc with two parallel ridges, spur 0.8 cm, with two yellow epots at the throat. The form name luwangalba honours Luwangba Arambam who collected and grew this species. Flowering: September-November.

Identification credit: Rajkumar Kishor Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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