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Facts About The Vanda Orchid

Facts About The Vanda Orchid

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The vanda orchid covers about fifty species in the Orchidaceae family. The flowers that fall within this genus are considered to be some of the more important species of orchids. Their characteristics make them especially valuable in creating hybrids that are then sent all over the world. Most vanda orchids are on the endangered species list because of land development, which destroys their natural habitats. Different vanda species can be found in countries around the world.

Vanda orchids usually grow on other plants. Unlike mistletoe, they do not steal from their host’s resources. They do not always grow on other plants. They will grow on whatever is available to provide them with some structure. Telephone poles are one good example. Each one grows from a single stem. The length of the stem can be very short or very long, depending on the species. The shape of the leaves is determined by the orchid’s environment. Vandas growing in drier climates will have cylindrical leaves that can be thick to help preserve nutrients. In wetter climates, the leaves tend to be broader and flatter.

The flowers come in a range of colors. A shade of yellow-brown with brown spots is the most common among vanda orchids. White, green, orange, red, burgundy, yellow and bluish-purple are some of the less common colors. Orchids from the genus Vanilla only stay open for 24 hours. Vandas can last up to three weeks once they have opened. They normally produce flowers four to six times a year. One species of vanda, the vanda coerulea, is considered particularly valuable for the unusual bluish-purple shade of its petals. It is one of a handful of naturally occurring orchids to produce flowers of that color.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) helps to regulate international trade on endangered species. It is responsible for the wild flora and fauna that fall under the Endangered Species Act. This is important to the preservation of vanda orchids because it was put in place to prevent the trade of endangered species from threatening the survival of that species. All the sale and purchases of this plant are regulated through this convention. Orchids fall under Appendix II of this treaty. It is also known as the Washington Convention. Sadly, there are many countries that have not signed the treaty and do not support the wild trade regulations. Hopefully, the vanda orchid will be able to survive and flourish in spite of the endangerment.

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Facts About The Vanda Orchid

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