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Common Name : Vanda spathulata     -       Scientific Name : Vanda spathulata      
Kumbuk Wila Pitiya
Maha Wewa Road
Palu Kola Wewa
Borupan Pitiya

Other than in Sri Lanka this species is also found in India. It differs from the other species of Vanda in having short leaves, being somewhat similar to a climber and preferring small trees or bushes as host plants as opposed to mature trees. It is confined to the intermediate and dry zone forested areas of the country. The conservation status of the species under reference is regarded as “Vulnerable” (National Red List 2012).
Vanda spathulata is a species protected under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance as amended by Act No. 22 of 2009.

I have seen this species in Yala, Bundala and Wilpattu National Parks. During the flowering season the beautiful yellow flowers are generally found at the end of long stems that project upwards from the tops of bushes and small trees.

In Wilpattu I have seen the flowers of this species on the Maha Wewa road, Borupan Wila, Palu Kola Wala, Panikkar Villu, Kombansanchi Pooval, Tala Wila, Eluwankulama, Kumbuk Wila and Percy Bendi Wewa mostly during the months of September, November and December.