Vanilla kempteriana Schltr. 1911 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya

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; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010