For me, one of the highlights of Longwood Gardens’ Orchid Extravaganza is the Vanda Orchids on display. They are some of the most spectacular orchids I’ve ever seen. The Vanda Orchids are known for their great colors and flattened flowers. Native to much of Asia and parts of Australia, Vanda Orchids are an important part of the worldwide flower market. Many species of Vanda Orchids are endangered due to habitat destruction. Several species – including the Blue Orchid (Vanda coerulea) are on the list of plants that are forbidden to be exported from their native countries.
Here are some photos of the various Vanda Orchids.
Pakcong Blue – Banjong Vanda Orchid
Packchong Blue – Ben Vanda Orchid
Sansai Blue Vanda Orchid