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Vandopsis gigantea 'MC3173' × self
Number: TN5052
Name: Vandopsis gigantea 'MC3173' × self
Type: self    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Mr. Gilbert L. Duggins  (Email:
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Pod Parent Flower
Culture Notes from Donor: Parent plant: Temperature range W (70-90°F). This plant likes it hot and very humid, it requires full summer sun in order to induce flowering in the late winter to early spring. The plant is watered several times daily from late spring until mid fall with heavy fertilizings at each watering. The roots do not like being disturbed and the plant sulks for about a month after being brought inside in late fall.
Comments: Parent plant: Flowers are waxy, stiff and very long lasting. Flowers are mildly fragrant. Very large plant.
For additional origin/habitat information supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker, see further below, near the bottom of this page.

Temperatures we attempt to use in the lab & greenhouse:
For Species:   Spring, Summer, Autumn: days average 83°F, nights 66°F; best fit is Warm-Intermediate 87-64°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Winter: days average 66°F, nights 47°F; best fit is Cool-Cold 64-44°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of gigantea   From latinized Greek "giganteus" gigantic. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Vandopsis   Graecised, "-opsis" looking like. Looks like a Vanda. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Pronunciation of gigantea   jy-GAN-tee-ah (Source: Hawkes 1978)
Pronunciation of Vandopsis   vand-OP-sis (Source: Hawkes 1978)
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Yield Estimate: 680 plants (based on flask surveys done 09/27/2005 through 09/12/2006)
Yield estimates are only approximate, but may appear to be fairly exact numbers because they are a combination of large rough estimates in remaining mother flasks and more accurate small estimates in reflasks.
Plantlet Sizes: From many flasks 0.3 - 20 mm plants (based on flask surveys done 07/13/2005 through 04/10/2007)
From one most recently surveyed flask 5 - 15 mm (04/10/2007)
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The origin/habitat information below is supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker

The following information is based on the name of the plant provided by the donor, and assumes that the name is correct. If the plant has been misidentified, then the following information may not be correct.
This text is copyrighted by the Bakers and may not be reproduced without permission.

ORIGIN/HABITAT: Plants are found on Langkawi Island, which is just off the northwest coast of Malaya, with reports of early collections as far south as Melaka. Distribution extends northward through peninsular Thailand, the Tenasserim Range in Burma and Thailand, through northern Thailand and into southwestern China. Habitat elevations in the southern parts of the range have not been reported, but topographical maps indicate the highest point on Langkawi Island is 2887 ft. (880 m). In peninsular Thailand, plants reportedly are normally found growing on rocks in the hills close to the sea. In China, plants are distributed in Guangdong, Guangxi, and southern Yunnan Provinces. They grow on trees or cliffs in forests at 800-4900 ft. (250-1500 m) and are usually found in association with ants' nests. Grant reported that in Burma the plants were abundant in the shady jungles around Tavoy. In other regions, plants are found in full sun.
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