Vanda tricolor var. suavis

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Vanda tricolor var. suavis (not my photo)

Common Name: The Soft Vanda
Scented: yes
Light Requirements: partial sun
Temperature Requirements: hot
Blooms: autumn and winter
Flower Size: 5cm to 7cm
Synonyms: Limodorum suaveolens Reinw. ex Blume 1849; Vanda suaveolens Blume 1849; Vanda tricolor Hook. 1849; Vanda tricolor Lindley 1847; Vanda tricolor var suavis [Lindley] Rchb.f

Found in Java and Laos as a large sized, hot growing epiphyte, lithophyte or terrrestrial with long, erect stems carrying curved, ligulate, imbricate, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms on an axillary, erect to suberect, 5cm to 7cm long, shorter than the leaves, several [7 to 12] flowered inflorescence with large, fragrant, waxy, long-lived, color variable flowers occurring in autumn and winter. There are 2 types , var suavis which hails from Central and Eastern Java has an inflorescence with 15 or more flowers, narrower and longer sepals and petals and the apical lobules of the lip are turned abruptly downwards and are paler than the rest of the midlobe. Var tricolor has an inflorescence with 6 to 9 flowers, the sepals and petals being different in width and are shorter, the side lobules being erect, and they and the midlobe are evenly colored.


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