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Vanda arcuata J.J.Sm.

Family Name: Orchidaceae
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Fragrant Ornamental Flowers 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 Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Sulawesi
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A monopodial epiphytic orchid, it usually grow up to 40 to 50cm tall. 
Foliage The leaves are strap shaped, decurved and are arranged alternately along the stem. The apical leaf tip is unequally bilobed.
Flowers The long-lasting flowers are held on a raceme and measure 4 to 5cm wide. The flower sepals and petals are yellow with brown blotches, the flower lip is yellow with light brown striations. The flowers are fragrant. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant (Flowers)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Brown, Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Waxy
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary
Flower Symmetry Bilateral
Inflorescence Type Raceme

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Master ID 32028
Species ID 6431
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.