The Vandeae is a large monophyletic tribe within the family of orchids.
This tribe contains 1,700 - 2,000 species in more than 150 genera. The classification of taxa within this tribe is still largely based on floral morphology. Only a few attempts have been made to obtain a classification based on molecular evidence, usually based on sequence data from several plastid-encoded DNA regions.
These orchids are pantropical epiphytes and occur in tropical Asia, the Pacific Islands, Australia, and Africa. Many of these orchids are horticulturally important, especially Vanda and Phalaenopsis.
This tribe is subdivided into four subtribes :
* Subtribe Aeridinae (formerly, illegitimate subtribal name Sarcanthinae): largest subtribe with more than 1,000 species in 103 genera, including about 200 hybrid species; occurs mostly in Asia and Australia and with a few in Africa. They are distinguished from the other subtribes by having an entire rostellum, a relatively small spur formed by the lip, and four (or two) pollinia.
* Taxonomy of the Orchidaceae
1. ^ Chase M. W. Freudenstein J. V. Cameron K. M. Barrett R. L. (2003). "DNA data and Orchidaceae systematics: a new phylogenetic classification.". Orchid conservation: 69–89.
* Cameron et al., A Phylogenetic Analysis of the Orchidaceae: Evidence from rbcL Nucleotide Sequences, American Journal of Botany 86(2): 208-224 (1999)
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