Ascocenda is a man-made hybrid orchid genus resulting from a cross between Ascocentrum and Vanda. The hybrids often combine the large flower size of the Vanda parents with the color and compactness of the Ascocentrum parents. Ascocenda orchids prefer warm temperatures and bright light.
Ascocendas have monopodial growth habit, which means they grow vertically and reach incredible heights. Their height is compounded when a new stem forms from the end of a spent flower spike, and leaves and flowers are then produced along the new stem. Succulent leaves store the nutrients and moisture required for the new growth.