Where can I get info on Vanda Orchids?

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Aloha from the Bay Area and a very Happy New Year to you and your family! I think your Hawaii forum is great, especially for us homesick transplanted locals. I'm looking forward to be back next month to run in the Great Aloha Run (my fourth time) and to visit my parents on Molokai. One of my fondest flower memories from my childhood are of the vanda orchids that my folks had (and I hand watered every day) in our garden. I understand that they are uncommon and were brought to Hawaii from Malaysia. Has anyone more info on these beautiful orchids? Any artwork on them? Mahalo!

-- Clyde A. Takase (clydetakase@yahoo.com), January 12, 1999


Here is a couple of sites for vanda orchids (http://w3.one.net/ ~a_fraser/orchids/orchdata/vanda.html) and (http:// www.orchidworks.com/alpine/). Teri has done a couple of pictures that included some vandas, but were not only of vandas. Sorry to say, there are no prints. She may be doing one in the near future so stop back or send us an email.

-- Roy Inouye (roy@bothi.com), January 21, 1999.

Dear Clyde A.Takase, You can get more information about vanda orchids from Kew Botanical garden,U.K. and also you can get information from You write the letter to Director,Orchidarium, Botanical survey of India, Yercaud, Salem( Dist.), Tamil Nadu, India. tommorrow i will send the address of Orchids Research Institute of India.

-- Ravichandran (nrchandran72@yahoo.co.in), June 26, 2002.

Here's a bit of trivia: Robert Wrane imported the "Miss Jaoquinn" vanda orchid which is what we commonly think of when we talk about vandas. It's the one used to granish food & tropical drinks. He was also the first to string them in a lei. Along that same line Harry Yee, King of the Tropical Drinks is attributed with putting the first vanda in a drink in 1955.

-- Lori Taniguchi (ltaniguchi@hawaii.rr.com), January 12, 2005.

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