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Vanda scandens Holttum

Family Name: Orchidaceae
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Fragrant Ornamental Flowers Climber, Vine and Liana Epiphyte


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

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


Native Distribution Borneo and the Philippines. 
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form An epiphytic, monopodial orchid. It has a climbing growth habit. 
Foliage The leaves are arching and often twisted. 
Flowers The flowers are borne on a short inflorescence and are fragrant. The sepals and petals are yellow with maroon specks. The flower lip is yellow and has two small 'arms' on the midlobe. 
Habitat It can be found growing on trees, in forests up to 1000m in altitude, in limestone and sandstone areas. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant (Flowers)
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, [Remarks] (It grows best under light shade. )
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting

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Master ID 31820
Species ID 6220
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.