Vanilla cribbiana Soto Arenas 2010 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Xanata

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Kerry Dressler/TYPE Drawing by M Lopez


Common Name Cribb's Vanilla [English Botanist at Kew current]

Flower Size 3.2" [8 cm]

Found in Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico and Colombia in lowland rainforests at elevations of 150 to 300 meters as a hot growing climbing terrestrial vine with a terete, smooth, green, internodes 1.2 to 3.6" [3 to 9 cm] long, somewhat branching stem carrying obliquely elliptic to elliptic-oblong, abruptly acuminate-apiculate, stiff, brittle, subpetiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on a 12 to 44" [30 to 110 cm] long overall, successively 2 to 3, to 10 flowered inflorescence with ovate-triangular, obtuse, very concave, progressively smaller towards teh apex, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying ephemeral, very showy, strongly fragrant flowers.

"Vanilla cribbiana is a member of the V. hostmanii group. Its fruits are fragrant, and probably of some interest, but the vine is not a strong grower and does not produce fruits regularly." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lankesteriana 9(3): 300-303, f. 4. Soto Arenas 2010 Drawing fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010