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Vanda alpina

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by orchidkarma, May 5, 2012.

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  1. orchidkarma

    orchidkarma Member

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    I bought it as young plant in 2009 and it bloomed for the first time last September. Now it's time again. The best thing is that the flowers last so long, well over two months. The flowers measure about 2 cm wide with 1-3 flowers per inflorescence. An intermediate to cool growing miniature epiphyte from the Himalayas to southern Yunnan in China. I grow mine intermediate, hanging in the window under rather bright light.

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    tenman Well-Known Member

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    Hey, congrats on your article in Orchids!! Great pic too!
     
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    swamper Dreaming all this

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    Very pretty and healthy looking. Good growing.
     
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    Thanks, both of you! Glad you enjoyed the article in Orchids Tenman. :)
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I like it but your plant looks more like V. cristata. For sure the lip doesn't look like V. alpina.
     
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    Thanks. No, It really is an alpina, christata has very distinctive horns on the front edge of the lip. :)
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Yes, V. cristata has two horns on its lip but true V. alpina has pointed semi-fold lip.
    Yours looks more like a hybrid of these two IMO. If you are happy with your ID, that is okay...
     
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    Hmm never suspected it not being correct ID. You could be right, I do not know what grower this is from, I bought it from a private grower. Nice plant regardless though. :)