Vanda thwaitesii Hook.f., Handb. Fl. Ceylon 4: 193 1898. ;

SW. India, Sri Lanka (as per WCSP)

 Images by tspkumar


Stem stout, woody, to 25 cm high, covered with leaf base. Leaves 12-15 x 1.5-2 cm, strap-shaped, recurved, unequally notched at apex. Flowers greyish-green, 4 x 3.5 cm, in 9-10 cm long leaf-opposed racemes; dorsal sepal 21 x 11 mm, obovate, obtuse, margins wavy, 7-veined; lateral sepals 23 x 13 mm, elliptic, subacute, obtuse, margins wavy, 9-veined; petals 21 x 11 mm, obovate, obtuse, margins wavy, 7-veined; lip 20 x 18-20 mm, 3-lobed; lateral lobes 9 x 2-2.5 mm, oblong, lanceolate, acute, curved downwards; midlobe 15 x 13 mm, fleshy, broadly ovate, truncate at apex; lobules obtuse; medianly grooved; 2 bilobed calli at the mouth of the spur; spur 10 x 4-6 mm, conical, inflated, keeled, rounded.

Flowering and fruiting: September-April
Evergreen forests
South India and Sri Lanka

(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Vanda thwaitesii (Orchidaceae 

Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, Epiphytic, Semi-evergreen forest fringe. 

Sighting: Mudigere, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl. 

Date: 23-03-2016 and 25-03-2016

Thanks, …, for sharing these beautiful images. 
Appears to be a new species for efi.

Thanks and regards … Yes, Vanda thwaitesii is not listed in efi pages except for a link that redirects to a certain publication.

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