Vanda coerulea

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Blue Vanda
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Vanda coerulea - non wild form - horticultural sibling with improved flower substance
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Subtribe: Aeridinae
Genus: Vanda
Species: V. coerulea
Binomial name
Vanda coerulea
Griff. ex Lindl.
Synonyms

Vanda caerulescens Lindl. is a similar separate species of dwarf form in plant and flowers.

Vanda coerulea, commonly known as Blue Vanda or Autumn Lady's Tresses, is a species of orchid found in Assam and neighbouring Khasi hills with its range extending to China (southern Yunnan). It is known as Kwaklei in Manipuri, October in Mizo and Vandaar in Sanskrit. It has bluish purple flowers (only Thelymitra crinita has true blue flowers) which are very long lasting compared to other orchids.

The juice of flower is used as eye drops against glaucoma, cataract and blindness.[1] Active ingredients of Vanda coerulea may fight against the visible signs of ageing skin .[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mohammad Musharof Hossain "Therapeutic orchids: traditional uses and recent advances — An overview", ⁎ Department of Botany, University of Chittagong, Chittagong 4331, Bangladesh
  2. ^ Bonté F, Simmler C, Lobstein A, Pellicier F, Cauchard JH "Action of an extract of Vanda coerulea on the senescence of skin fibroblasts". Ann Pharm Fr. 2011 May;69(3):177-81

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