Vanilla guianensis Splitg. 1841 SUBGENUS Vanilla Photo by Kerry Dressler

Common Name The Guiana Vanilla

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Guyana, Fr Guiana, Surinam and northern Brazil as a large siaed, hot growing terrestrial that blooms on a 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, 4 to 5 flowered inflorescence.

"Vanilla guianensis has been regarded as an obscure species. Splitgerber, in the original description, mixed a species of the membranaceous group with the fragrant fruits of a penicillate species, perhaps V. pompona ssp grandiflora. The illustration that appeared in De Vriese, Tuinb.-Fl. 3: 33. 1856, clearly illustrates the mistake, and it is not accurate with respect to the flower and inflorescence structure, since the inflorescence, if short and with small bracts for a species of the Membranaceous group, is densely-flowered, and the lip is rather deeply 3-lobed." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010

Synonyms Vanilla latisegmenta Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925; Vanilla surinamensis Rchb.f. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankesteriana 9(3): 378, Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010 Drawing fide;