Vanilla decaryana H.Perrier 1934 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya


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Full shade Hot Warm SpringTHROUGH EARLYSummer

Common Name Decary's Vanilla [French Botanist in Madagascar 1900's]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in northwestern and southern Madagascar in dry deciduous scrub at elevations up to 700 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a brownish green, warty stem that blooms in the spring through early summer on a 20 to 40 successively flowered inflorescence.

"A member of the V. roscheri- V. madagascariensis- V. phalaenopsis group, but with smaller more numerous flowers, greenish sepals, a column only .56 to .64" [14 to 16 mm] long and with narrower rhombic lip with the keels of the disc just to near the border of the lip, more conspicuous and with hairs shorter and not as fleshy." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1039/81 drawing ok; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 ; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010