Vanilla insignis Ames 1934 Drawing by Hagsater and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Drawing Drawing by J B Edwards and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Splendid Vanilla

Flower Size 2.8 to 3" [7 to 7.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras at elevations around 700 to 800 meters as a large sized, warm growing viney epiphyte with a scandent, elongate, flexous stem carrying many, alternate, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic, abruptly acuminate apically, basally rounded and abruptly contracted into a short petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, successively single to 8 flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate, acute, fleshy, strongly concave floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bot. Mus. Leafl. 2(8): 101-103. Ames 1934 Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Plate 700 Hagsater & Slazar 2002 drawing fide