This tribe contains 1,700-2,000 species divided in 150 genera.
The classification of taxa within this tribe is still largely based on the morphology of the flowers but additional molecular studies will change the classification in the future significantly.
Thus it is only a temporary classification based on hypotheses.
These orchids are pan-tropical epiphytes: they occur in tropical Asia, the Pacific Islands, Australia and Africa.
The tribe Vandeae is divided into four sub strains: