Vanilla cruenta [Aver. & Vuong] Karremans etal 2020

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo Truong Ba Vuong/ Drawing by Truong Ba Vuong/Averyanov and Review of the Genus Miguelia Orchidaceae with a new species M Cruenta from southern Vietnam Website


Common Name The Blood Red Vanilla

Flower Size 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm]

Found in southern Vietnam in primary humid broadleaved evergreen montane forests on steep rocky slopes and cliffs at elevations around 1500 meters as a large to giant sized, cool growing epiphytic, terrestrial or lithophytic creeping vine with an elongate, slightly branching, terete, green, fleshy stem with 2.8 to 4.8" [7 to 12 cm] long internodes and carrying acuminate, fleshy, coriaceous, narrowly ovate to narrowly elliptic, acuminate to shortly attenuate, shortly petiolate shallowly canaliculate leaves that blooms in the later spring on an erect, lateral, shortly pedunculate to subsessile, bearing 3 to 5 secund, biflorous cymes .12 to .24" [3 to 6 mm] apart, rachis fleshy, slightly recurved to almost straight, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5] cm long with rigid, paired, subopposite, half-circulart, apically rounded. shell-like internodal bracts amd triangular-ovate, cincave, acute nodal bracts as well as similar to the nodal bract floral bracts.

Synonyms *Miguelia cruenta Aver. & Vuong 2015

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Taiwania 60(1):33?38, Leonid V. Averyanov and Truong Ba Vuong 2015 drawing/photo