Vanilla montana Ridl. 1915 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya

Photo by P T Ong


Common Name The Mountain Vanilla

Flower Size 2.4 to 2.8" " [6 to 7 cm]

Found in Perak and Selangor states of penninsular Malaysia in hill and lower monane forests at elevations of 900 to 1370 meters as a giant sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with climbing, braching, to 30 feet or more long stems carrying an narrow to broadly ovate-elliptic, attenuate-acuminate, basall twited petiolaate base leaves that blooms in the later winter on a slightly fractiflex, peduncle .12 to .2" [3 to 5 mm] long, provided with 2 bracts, .52 to .8" [1.6 to 2 cm] long overall, rachis successively single, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying ephemeral, porrect, wide opening flowers.

"Seidenfaden considered this species to be conspecific with Thai plants identified by him as V. albida, but thought by us to be Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1953; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 21 2018 drawing/photo fide