Vanda coerulea

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Blue vanda
Vanda coerulea Orchi 6054.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Genus: Vanda
Species:
V. coerulea
Binomial name
Vanda coerulea
Synonyms

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

Vanda coerulea, commonly known as blue orchid,[1] blue vanda or autumn lady's tresses, is a species of orchid found Northeast India with its range extending to China (southern Yunnan). It is known as kwaklei in Manipuri and vandaar in Sanskrit. It has bluish purple flowers (Thelymitra crinita is the only orchid that has true blue flowers) which are very long lasting compared to other orchids. The plant bears up to 20 to 30 spikes.

Medicinal uses[edit]

The juice of flower is used as eye drops against glaucoma, cataract and blindness.[2] Active ingredients of Vanda coerulea may fight against the visible signs of ageing skin .[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Vanda coerulea". The PLANTS Database (plants.usda.gov). Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  2. ^ Mohammad Musharof Hossain "Therapeutic orchids: traditional uses and recent advances — An overview", ⁎ Department of Botany, University of Chittagong, Chittagong 4331, Bangladesh
  3. ^ 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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