Small Flowered Vanda
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Small Flowered Vanda
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Small Flowered Vanda • Kannada: Kiriraasna • Manipuri: ꯀ꯭ꯋꯥꯀꯤꯕꯤ ꯍꯉꯥꯝꯄꯥꯜ Kwakibi hangampal
Botanical name: Vanda testacea    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Vanda parviflora, Aerides testacea, Vanda vitellina

Small Flowered Vanda is a miniature sized, warm to hot growing, epiphyte orchid. It has alternate, linear, recurved leaves. Flowers are borne in a rather loosely 5-20 flowered inflorescence up to 17 cm long. The inflorescence is carried on a stout peduncle. Flowers are fragrant. Small Flowered Vanda is found in Myanamar, Thailand India and Sri Lanka, in dry broad-leafed forests at elevations of 780-2000 m. The plant blooms in the spring and early summer.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed in Karnataka.

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