Vanilla diabolica P.O'Byrne 1996 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya

Plant and Flower

Photos by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria website

Sun Hot Warm LATE Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Diabolic Vanda

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in southeastern Sulawesi as a giant sized, hot to warm growing viney epiphyte that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an elongate, to 6" [to 15 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence carrying very short-lived flowers.

"This species is closely related to V. pilifera, but V. diabolica has elongated inflorescences, smaller flowers with two raised bodies at the base of the lip, shorter and broader tepals and a lip in which the veins of the throat are orange rather than purple." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010