Vanilla dilloniana Correll 1946 Photo by Kenneth Roberts

Specimen Plant WOW! Photo by Robert and Lisa Riefer


Common Name Dillon's Vanilla [American Orchid Enthusiast and American Orchid Society Past President 1900's]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Florida, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Leeward Islands and Cuba in moist serpentine scrub forests at elevations of 150 to 750 meters as a giant sized, hot to warm growing terrestro-epiphyte with scandent, thick, 8" [20 cm] long internodes, smooth stems carrying fleshy, somewhat involute, apically hooked, acute, conduplicate, small, bract-like leaves that blooms in the late spring on an axillary, short, several to many flowered inflorescence with fleshy broadly ovate, small floral bracts and successively opening, large, showy, ephemeral, fragrant flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Native Orchids of FLorida Luer 1972 drawing/photo fide; An Orchid Flora of Peurto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide;