Vanilla kaniensis Schltr. 1911 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Warm Fall

Common Name The Kani Range Vanilla [A Mountain Range of New Guinea]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea at elevations around 600 meters as a giant sized, warm growing, scandent terrestrial with branching, terete, glabrous, fleshy stems carrying long, narrowly elliptic, acuminate, glabrous, shortly, fleshy petiolate base leaves that blooms in fall on a subdense, to 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively 12 to 17 flowered inflorescence with minute, deltoid, glabrous floral bracts.

Related to V wariensis and V kempteriana but differs in the smaller leaves, shorter inflorescence, longer ovaries and a scarcely trilobate lip.

Schlechter states that the flowers are green-yellow with a white, rose-red veined labellum


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 Drawing fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010