(pronounced: van-DOP-siss)


Vandeae subtribe Aeridinae

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Large, often massive, monopodial epiphytes and terrestrials. Stems erect to subpendent, thick, leafy. Leaves alternate, distichous, strap-shaped, obliquely bilobed at the apex, leathery. Inflorescences axillary, pendent to erect, racemes or panicles, the floral bracts inconspicuous. Flowers rigid-fleshy or membranous. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip three-lobed, fleshy, sessile, rigidly fused to the column base, subsaccate at the base, bent upwards at the middle. Column very short, fleshy, without a foot; pollinia 4, in two unequal pairs, on a common stipe and conspicuous, transverse viscidium.


From the Greek opsis, meaning resemblance, referring to the similarity of the plants to Vanda.


A genus of five species distributed from Nepal and southern China to New Guinea. Five Australasian species previously placed in Vandopsis were separated as the segregate genus Sarcanthopsis. Vandopsis parishii has been separated as the monotypic Hygroch

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Hajra, P. K. and M. J. Kothari 1983. On the occurrence of Acampe rigida (Buch.-Ham. ex J. E. Smith) P. F. Hunt and Vandopsis undulata (Lindl.) Smith (Orchidaceae) in Pilhoragarh District, Uttar Pradesh. Indian J. For. 6(2):160-161.