Vanilla martinezii Soto Arenas 2010 SUBGENUS Vanilla Drawing by M Soto


Common Name Martinez's Vanilla [Guatemalan Collector of the type current]

Flower Size 4.4 to 4.92" [11 to 12.4 cm]

Found in Guatemala in lowland swampy rainforests at elevations of sea level to 150 meters as a hot growing climbing terrestrial vine with a terete-subquadrate, somewhat keeled, green, internodes 1.4 to 2.8" [3.9 to 7 cm] long stem carrying elliptic, membranaceous-chartaceous, acuminate, obtuse basally, somewhat conduplicate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter and again in the summer on a 10 to 20" [25 to 50 cm] long overall, subsessile, peduncle to .56" [1.3 cm] long, rachis zig-zag, successively 2, to 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence with ovate, obtuse to acute, concave floral bracts and carrying very showy flowers.

"V. martinezii is member of the V. mexicana group. The most similar species is V. guianensis, however in V. guianensis the callus is formed by 5 basal keels and 3 rather prominent ones, but not or almost not verrucose, and the lip apex is trilobed. V. martinezii seems to be endemic of the wet lowlands around Lake Izabal." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lankesteriana 9(3): 320-323, f. 10. Soto Arenas 2010 Drawing fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010