Vanilla humblotii Rchb.f. 1885 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya

Photo by Marc Herremans Biodiversity Comoros Website

Drawing Drawing in Curtis's botanical magazine vol. 131 tab. 7996

Full shade HotSummerfall

Common Name Humblot's Vanilla [French Botanist and Collector in Madagascar 1800's]

Flower Size 5.5" [13.75 cm]

Found in the Comoro Islands and northern Madagascar around rocks in low elevation vegetation at elevations of sea level to 200 meters as a large sized, hot growing leafless epiphyte with an elongate, thicker stem that blooms in the summer and fall on terminal, successively single, 10 to 20 flowered inflorescene.

"Another member of the V. roscheri group distinguished by its yellow flowers with dark maroon marks in the throat of the lip." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/85; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010