Vanilla andamanica Rolfe 1918 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya

Photo courtesy of Blumea 103 and his Andaman Islands Orchid Website

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Common Name The Andaman Island Vanilla

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Found in the Andaman Islands and Nicobar Island as a large sized, hot growing epiphyte with a succulent stem with glossy leaves carrying large, fragrant .

" Often relegated to the synonymy of V. albida to which is closely related. However, it has a larger penicillate callus in which the scales are so divided, that they look more like hairs than scales. This, together with its isolated distribution in Andaman Islands, suggest that is better considered as a distinct species.' Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010