I’m hugely excited over my latest acquisition – Vanda Veeraphol Fragrance. It’s a primary hybrid between Vanda liouvillei and Vanda brunnea, two rust coloured species with distinctively large lips (V liouvillei has a forked one).
The flowers are small, waxy and are arranged openly on a spike that has bent due to their weight. Plus – and this is a big plus, at least for me anyway – they are red-brown and fragrant. Yes! I’m quite a sucker for brown, fragrant vandas. Couldn’t pass this one up when I saw a few pots at Lum Chin nursery.
The few that were on flower were marginally different from one another in colour tone and flower arrangement. Some were more upright, but I chose this for its colour richness. It’s more red as you can see.
As this Vanda Verraphol Fragrance was bought in flower, I cannot take credit for bringing it to bloom. I hope it takes to its new, warm spot along with my other vandas, notwithstanding the fact that both its parents originate from the cooler tropics of Myanmar and Thailand.