Vanilla dressleri Soto Arenas 2010 Photo by Karremans and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Dressler's Vanilla [American Botanist in Panama current]

Flower Size 5.5" [13 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in lowland and submontane wet forests at elevations of 20 to 1000 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing viney, climbing hemiepiphytic orchid with a flexuous, terete, grooved stem carrying many, oblanceolate, obovate to narrowly elliptic, sometimes slightly oblique, acuminate-cuspidate, fleshy, conspicuously pendent, basally rounded to attenuate into the canaliculate petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a peduncle .6 to 1.4" [1.5 to 3.5 cm] long, rachis .6 to 1.72" [1.5 to 4.3 cm] long, successively single, 3 to 10 flowered inflorescence with patent, spreading, concave, widely ovate to elliptic, obtuse floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers scented of clove.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lankesteriana 9(3): 303-305, f. 5. Dressler 2010 Drawaing /photo fide