|Vanda alpina||Montane Vanda|
|Vanda alpina (Lindl.) Lindl. 1853 SECTION Cristatae Photos by © Eric Hunt
Part shade Warm to Cool LATE Spring EARLY Summer
Common NameThe Montane Vanda – In China Chui Tou Wan Dai Lan
Flower Size .6 to .8″ [1.5 to 2 cm]
Found in the western Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himlayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and southern China in warm broad-leafed forests at elevations of 1200 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a terete stem envelopd completely by imbricate leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying broadly linear to oblong, arched, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a short to .8″ [2 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered, glabrous inflorescence with ovate, subacute sheaths and triangular, obtuse floral bracts and carrying pendant flowers.
The major difference between this species and V cristata is that V alpina does not have the horns at the apex of the lip and V cristata does.
Synonyms *Luisia alpina Lindl. 1838; Stauropsis alpina (Lindl.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; Trudelia alpina ( Lindl. ) Garay 1986