Vanilla kempteriana Schltr. 1911

Plant and Flowers in situ Photo by Wolfgang Bandisch and the Orchids of New Guinea Website

Full shade WarmWinter

Common Name Kempter's Vanilla [German Travel Companion to Schlechter 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on tree trunks in montane forests at elevations around 600 meters as a large sized, warm growing epiphyte with an elongate, branching, glabrous, fleshy stem carrying elliptic, persistent, acuminate, glabrous, fleshy leaves that blooms in the winter on a 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, densely, successively several flowered inflorescence.

Similar to V wariensis and V kaniesis but differs in the broadly persistent leaves, the short inflorescence, the non trilobate lip and the smaller size of the flowers.

Schlechter states that the flowers are green-yellow and the lip is white with rose red and brown stripes in front.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 drawing fide