Vanilla edwallii Hoehne 1941 SUBGENUS Vanilla

Side View of Flower

Photo by Luis Filipe Varella

Another Flower

Plant and flowers

Plant and Seed Pods

Photos courtesy of Alejandro Taborda


Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Another Flower color

Photo courtesy of Mauro Peixoto Copyrighted and his Brazilian Plants Website


Common Name or Meaning Edwall's Vanilla [Swedish Orchid Collector in Sao Paulo Brazil 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in Sao Paulo state of Brazil as well as northern Argentina at elevations around 150 to 800 meters in dwarf scrub forest as a medium to giant sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with an ascending stem with the basal portion in the ground with leaf detrius and carrying coriaceous, thin, pendent, dark yellowish green leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an axillary, 6" [15 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence.

A species with long acuminate segments and a rather unornamented lip, except by the longitudinal lamellae. It is very probable that V. edwalii is a synonym of V. bertoniensis Bertoni, which original material has not been available to us. From V. parvifolia differs by its acuminate midlobe of the lip. Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; 100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010