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Vanda coerulea (blue vanda)

The stunning blue vanda is responsible for the dramatic blues and purples seen in many cultivated vanda orchids.
Flowering head of blue vanda

Vanda coerulea (Photo: Phil Cribb)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Vanda coerulea Griff. ex Lindl.

Common name: 

blue vanda, Fa Mui (Thai)

Conservation status: 

Previously considered to be extremely rare in the wild, this species was, until recently, on CITES Appendix I.

Habitat: 

Epiphytic (grows above the ground, using other plants or objects for support) on exposed deciduous trees at elevations of 900–1500 m.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Asparagales
Family: 
Orchidaceae
Genus: Vanda

About this species

Vanda coerulea was formally described by John Lindley in 1847 from the description of a blue orchid found in the Khasia Hills of Assam by William Griffiths. It is a striking species with large, flat, vivid blue, long-lasting flowers. It is greatly prized by growers who have used it extensively in breeding to produce deep blue and purple hybrids.

Genus: 
Vanda

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