One of the world’s most impressive orchid species (3), the beautiful, delicate and highly threatened Vanda javierae bears up to eight snow white flowers. Each flower hasan anchor-shaped lower petal (the lip or ‘labellum’), with pale pink and brown markings at the base (2). Typically the most ornamental petal of the orchid, the labellum serves to attract insects and may also act as a landing platform (4).
Vanda orchids typically grow upright, and bear long, narrow leaves, which are partially folded upwards (2). Vanda javierae was discovered in the 1980s (3), but as yet there is little specific information on this flowering plant, most probably due to its remote location (1).
- Flower diameter: 6 cm (2)