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What is a Vandopsis?

This is a discussion on What is a Vandopsis? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm assuming a Vanda/ Phal cross? If so, why does everything I read say they ...

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    Default What is a Vandopsis?

    I'm assuming a Vanda/Phal cross? If so, why does everything I read say they need extremely high light? They have wide, flat leaves so I would assume they'd only need low-medium light. It's a very interesting plant, indeed...I'm asking because I see one for sale that I have my eye on, but if it needs Vanda light...forget it. That's a bit excessive.

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    Vandopsis is a separate genus by itself. It is vandaceous (monopodial and looks similar to vanda).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Vandopsis is a separate genus by itself. It is vandaceous (monopodial and looks similar to vanda).
    See, to me they look nothing like a Vandaceous orchid. They look like a Phal with their big floppy leaves.

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    I think It must be Hygrochilus parishii which was earlier called Vandopsis parishii. leaves look rounder but is actually a vandopsis and flowers are yellow with maroon spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    I think It must be Hygrochilus parishii which was earlier called Vandopsis parishii. leaves look rounder but is actually a vandopsis and flowers are yellow with maroon spots.
    Yes it is, actually! Great assumption! It's very Phal. looking. Quite the disappointment that it needs Vanda light...it's a stunning plant.

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    Kelly a vandopsis will eat your house before it blooms

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    Kelly, there is the genus Vandopsis and most are quite big - Vandopsisgigantea and Vandopsislissochiloides come to mind. I am glad that taxonomists have shifted parishii to the genus Hygrochilus, as pointed out Ksriramkumar. if only because of its small size.


    Many people do get confused by Vandopsis , the genus; and Vandaenopsis , the bigeneric hybrid between Vanda and Phalaenopsis. Granted there are not many of these, though at one time there used to be quite a few around when Paraphalaenopsis was still a Phalaenopsis until taxonomists shifted serpentiligua, laycockii and the rest of the gang to Paraphalaenopsis. I have a Ascovandoritis ( Ascocentrum x Vanda x Doritis ) which would now be a Vandaenopsis as taxonomists have now placed Ascocentrum in the genus Vanda and Doritis in Phalaenopsis.

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    Very interesting, Catttan! Thank you!

    And Clint, not this one! It's just a smallish plant...I still don't think I could ever give it the right light, though. It still baffles me that a plant with what are essentially Phal-wide leaves needs that much light.

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