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Vanda Tan Chay Yan

Family Name: Orchidaceae
Full Sun Moderate Water Occasional Misting Ornamental Flowers Epiphyte


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A monotypic, climbing orchid, it has an upright growth form. 
Stems The stem can grow indefinitely. 
Flowers The  flowers are large and flat with ruffled tepals, the top three tepals being peach coloured while the lower two tepals are slightly golden-orange in colour. The lip is a darker orange. 
Cultivation It should be cultivated in beds or wood shavings and charcoal pieces.
Ethnobotanical Uses [Others]: The orchid was registered by breeder Tan Hoon Siang, and was a famous hybrid, winning a First Class Certificate at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1954, the certificate given by the Royal Horticultural Society as well as many other local awards. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Flowerbed / Border

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Plant Growth Rate Fast to Moderate
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate
Foliar Margin Entire

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Master ID 31445
Species ID 5842
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Species record last updated on: 05 August 2022.