× Ascocenda, abbreviated as Ascda in the horticultural trade, is a man-made hybrid orchid genus resulting from a cross between Ascocentrum and Vanda [Asctm × V]. It was first described in Orchid Rev. 57: 172 circa 1949.
× Ascocenda is a horticultural terms and NOT a species as numerous cultivar are combination of the large flower size of the Vanda parents with the color and compactness of the Ascocentrum parents.
Most find their origin in Thailand, Myanmar, India and the Philippines.
I am fortunate to see the flowers in person with its crystalline luster.
They are evergreen compact epiphytes with an uprigh, narrow, oviform leaves. The inflorescence is an axillary cluster with 6 to 8 open flowers. They bloom twice or sometimes three times a year with long lasting flowers. The flowers are brightly colored, often overlaid with contrasting colors.
Photo: National Orchid Garden, Singapore, 20120519