Vanilla chamissonis Klotzsch 1846 Photo by Mauro Peixoto

Plant and Flowers

Plant and Flowers in tree Photos by Alejandro Taborda.

Plant Photo by Jay Pfahl.

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Common Name Chamisso's Vanilla [French Hugenot Poet in 1800's]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Bolivia, southern Brazil and Argentina on or around palms as a giant sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial at elevations of 1 to 350 meters with scandent, elongate stems carrying fleshy, pale green, oblong, acute, narrowing below into the conduplicate clasping base leaves that blooms in the later spring to early summer on an axillary, racemose, short, successively several flowered inflorescence

CAUTION The flower on the left above is V fragrans for a comparison to V chamissonis

The in situ plant photo is from Boia Ceia', Sao Paulo State, Brazil at an elevation of 2 meters in the first scrub hammock on the beach on trunks and limbs of small trees with lichen.

Synonyms Vanilla chamissonis var. brevifolia Cogn. 1893;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 as V argentina drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 as V chamissionis var longifolia drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 as V chamissonis var brevifolia drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0395 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide

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