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Vanda cristata

This is a discussion on Vanda cristata within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Attachment 85480 Attachment 85481 Very similar to, and often confused with V alpina - the ...

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    Default Vanda cristata

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    Very similar to, and often confused with V alpina - the other ex-Trudelia, cool growing, Vanda. V. alpina is very similar but lacks the pair of "horns" - projections from the lip, at the end of it, which are just about visible in the pics' .
    A seedling bought from a well known vanda breeder not a million miles from Miami , when he visited UK a couple of years ago ( Vandas are not easy to buy in UK , so you have to grab your chances ).
    The flowers are smaller than usual , not much more than an inch across, whereas IOSPE says 2 inches.
    I have in the past , seen plants almost twice the leaf span, maybe 40 or 50 cm high - instead of 12-15 here, and with a dozen or more larger flowers ; older, better grown plants, no doubt.
    Cool growing, and I doubt that I am growing it well or properly, in fact ( conveniently) a local Society has its AGM and members plant auction following, this Saturday, and I'll dispose of it then. So admire it, if you will, whilst its here - today - and gone tomorrow ( almost).

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    Good one. I think it should improve in next bloom. In my view, V.cristata would be an intermediate grower than a cool grower. This is one of the compact Vandas and I would suggest you keep it for one more year before you decide to give it away.

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