Sky Blue Vanda
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Sky Blue Vanda
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Sky Blue Vanda • Manipuri: ꯀ꯭ꯋꯥꯀꯤꯕꯤ Kwakibi
Botanical name: Vanda coerulescens    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Vanda caerulescens, Vanda confusa

Sky Blue Vanda is a small-sized tree-dwelling orchid boasting erect or drooping in leaf-axils inflorescences giving rise to 15 or more pleasantly scented flowers. Blooming in late winter and spring, the long-lasting blossoms, 2.5 cm across, feature white to pale violet-blue sepals and petals, and a purple-blue lip often adorned with white stripes. The evergreen leaves, 30 cm long, are arranged alternately along the stem. They are slightly fleshy, channeled above, and keeled below. Native to China and India, Sky Blue Vanda is a hot to cool growing orchid species found on tree trunks in open woodland at elevations of 300-1600 m, in NE India to China and N. Thailand.

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

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