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Vanda dearei Rchb.f. 1886 (Kew)

Borneo, Malesia, Asia Tropical
Lesser Sunda Is., Asia Tropical
General Information: Vanda dearei Rchb. f. 1886 is a sweetly scented yellow-flowered, large epiphyte from Borneo.

V. dearei is the largest yellow-flowered species in the genus and, unsurprisingly, the 5th most hybridised; an ancestor of 3,738 registered hybrids to date.[Emrys Chew 2017-03-27]

Comments: Vanda dearei 'Orchidwoods' ABM/OSSEA is arguably the finest example of the species ever collected and cultivated. It was first acquired as a rather weak jungle plant during the late 1960s, then nurtured from its vulnerable condition to astound its owner Mr. Au Young Nang Yip of Orchidwoods Nursery with the most extraordinary blooms. By 1986 it was fit to be presented for award judging. Having arrived in Singapore in immaculate condition after air travel from Kuching, Sarawak..
History: First discovered in Sarawak's rainforests during the 1880s by an English orchid collector, Lieutenant-Colonel George Deare of Englefield Green, Surrey. Deare had amassed such an impressive collection of exotic wild orchids from Southeast Asia that Carl Roebelin, one of Sander's principal agents, saw him as a rival. Several Bornean species are named for Deare, including this Vanda, a Dendrobium and a Bulbophyllum. [Emrys Chew 2017-03-17]
Subfamily:   Epidendroideae
Tribe:   Vandeae
Subtribe:   Aeridinae
Genus:   Vanda  (images)
Section:   Deltoglossa  (images)

Vanda dearei
Photo: Sheikh
Vanda dearei
Photo: Philippe Rastafouni
Vanda dearei
Photo: Chee Kin