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Differentiating mokaras and vandas

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    Hi,

    Can any one tell me if there is any easy way to distinguish between a Mokara and a Vanda? I recently bought one plant and the vendor mentioned to me that it was a Mokara. The only reason I do not believe him is that it seemed to be plucked from the wild, with quite a few of the leaves having blackish grime on them. It is not a very big plant, probably 12 inches long.


    satish..

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    Hi Satish, it would be very helpful if you post a picture. In general I do not know if there exists a sharp demarcation line between them as the parent genera of Mokaras (Vandas, Arachnis and Ascocentrum) are all similar plants. One cultural difference I have opserved is that Mokaras are very fast growers as compared to Vandas, they tend to be more leggy and you can see the Arachnis like characteristics. They are much more floriferous as compared to atleast the vandas that I have. And when in flower you can definitely be sure.

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    satish
    i believe mokara is a man made hybrid, so if you think that its taken from the wild then it
    may not be mokara after all (but i could be wrong).

    anyways, the shape of the mokara flowers are different from vanda, i dont how to
    describe it exactly. The petal of the mokara are more uniformly rounded compared to
    a vanda, it seems to have taken it from Ascocentrum.

    Also the blooms of mokara is smaller compared to a vanda.

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    The problem is that the plant is still not in bloom. I believe the Mokaras need lot more heat and humidity than Vandas. As such, I do not want to give it the wrong growing conditions. Hmm.. let me see. i'll try to get a picture of the plant.

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    i treat my mokaras just the same i treat my vandas, it all depends on the leaves. If the
    leaves are terete/semi-terete (roundish, pencil like) full sun, strap-leaf (flat v-shaped)....
    bright shade to almost full sun. Humidity and Temps the same. Hope this helps.

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    As mokaras originate from our part of the world I think I may be able to contribute something to the discussion.Before mokaras we had aranda[Arachnis x Vanda] which had quite 'open' shape i.e spider-like but with slightly wider petals eg. Aranda Kooi Choo.So when my friend Syed Yusof Past Pres of OSSEA in Singapore produced Aranda Norah[named after his daughter] it caused quite a sensation.It is free flowering,able to grow in full sun and reasonably compact growing;the flowers have fuller shape than the norm, are long-lasting with bright purplish-blue colour and travel well: all desirable qualities as a cut flower.Mokaras were produced to compete with arandas as Ascocentum impart to its progenys its compact habit[saves space], brilliant red and orange colour,free-flowering habit, rapid growth. Today arandas and mokaras are the mainstay of the cut-flower industry in Malaysia and Singapore. The improvement of the strap-leaved Vanda esp from Thailand have contributed greatly to the progress of the hybridisation of arandas and mokaras.

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    Easy. Mokara is a trigeneric hybrids often crossed this way, with Ascocenda x Arachnis, Ascd x Mokara or Mokara x Mokara. Any way, Arachnis is very dominant in term of plant height and growth. Pure vanda leaves are slightly curved to very curved and the leaf bracts often over lapped tightly, except in V. coerulea. Arachnis on the other hand is vine like and the leaf are rigit and straight, almost 90 degree from the stem. Also each leaf are held up at least one inch or more above the next one.

    So think of Mokara midway. Leaf are straight to slightly curve, tall stem with long leaf bract between each leaves. Also the Arachnis parent reduce the length of the leaves.

    Also most Mokara are grown on gravel bed or charcoal bed on the ground, because of the tall size/potential to be tall so the plant not always in perfect condition as in say Vanda hanging from the basket.

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