Vanilla fimbriata Rolfe 1899 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Xanata Collection Sheet by © Jenman

Common Name The Fimbriate Vanilla [refers to the lip]

Flower Size

Found in Guyana and Para state of Brazil as a large sized, hot growing, viney terrestrial with a thick stem with 3 to 5.5" [7.5 to 13 cm] long internodes carrying lanceolae to linear-oblong, acute to subacuminate, fleshy, shortly petiolate base leave that blooms in the spring on a thick, fleshy, 1 to 1.25" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with ovate-oblong, obtuse, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Similar to V odorata but with smaller leaves and flowers

”Very close to V. odorata, or perhaps conspecific. The type material is not good enough to check the differences with V. odorata, but the flower size is smaller (the lip 25-50 mm long whereas it is 35- 45 mm in V. odorata). This could be a result of the preservation process. However, the leaves are rather shorter and the stems more floriferous than in any other V. odorata specimen that we have examined.” Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010