Ridged-Lip Vanda
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Ridged-Lip Vanda
P Native Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Ridged-Lip Vanda • Manipuri: ꯀ꯭ꯋꯥꯛꯂꯩ ꯅꯥꯀꯣꯟꯕꯤ Kwaklei Nakonbi
Botanical name: Vanda motesiana    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Vanda stangeana auct. non Rchb.f.

Ridged-Lip Vanda is a tree-dwelling orchid looking very similar to Bicolor Vanda. It is named for the Vanda expert, Dr. Martin Motes. For more than 20 years it was in cultivation mistakenly as Vanda stangeana. Flowers, measured from dorsal sepal to lip tip, are 3.2-3.6 cm; and petal tip to petal tip 3.8-4.2 cm wide. Dorsal sepal is 1.8-2 x 1.2-1.5 cm. Petals are 1.7-2 x 1.2-1.4 cm. Lip is 1.6 cm from basal lobes to cleft in the tip; basal lobes 0.5-0.6 x 0.5-0.7 cm; apical lobes 0.7 x 0.7 cm; blade 1.6 x 0.8-0.9 cm midway to the tip. Spur is 0.6 x 0.2-0.3 cm. It can be easily distinguished from Bicolor Vanda by the lip. The keels of Ridged-Lip Vanda are broad ridges, three of them, that run down the claw of the lip to the midlobe. Ridged-Lip Vanda is found in NE India to NW Myanmar, at altitudes of 1200-1500 m. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in State Orchidarium, Imphal, Manipur.

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