Vanilla helleri A.D.Hawkes 1966 Drawing by Heller and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Heller's Vanilla [Nicaraguan Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Oaxaca Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 600 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing, viney epiphyte with scandent, elongate, flexuous, subquadrate, sulcate on both sides, dark olive green stem carrying fleshy, oblong-elliptic, abruptly contracted to an acuminate apex, abruptly contracted below into a sulcate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a 4" [10 cm] long, subumbellate, successively to 20 flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phytologia 14(1): 19-20, t. 13. Hawkes 1966 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;