Vanilla africana Lindl.1862

Detail of lip and column

Inflorescence Photos by Vincent Droissart and The Orchidaceae of Central Africa Website


Common Name The African Vanilla

Flower Size

Found in Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon at elevations up to 900 meters as a viney leafy, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a stem with roots arising opposite to each single leaf which are oblong-ellipitc,oblong-ovate to linear-lanceolate, flesc=sh, canaliculate, twisted, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms mostly in the late winter and spring on a simple to basally branched, 1 to 3.2" [2.5 to 8 cm] long, densely 12 to 40 flowered inflorescence with scale-like triangular, acute floral bracts. .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Szatchetko etal 2010 drawing good;