Vanilla inodora Schiede 1829 SUBGENUS Vanilla

Photo by Costa Rica Linda Page

Common Name The Not Fragrant Vanilla

Flower Size 1.8 to 2" [4.5 to 5 cm]

Found in Florida, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet forests and rocky woodlands at elevations of 50 to 900 meters as a giant sized, hot to warm growing vine-like epiphyte with a terete,stem with 3" [7.5 cm] long internodes carrying usually hanging, bending twisting blades, elliptic to broadly elliptic, abruptly acuminate, thin, membraneous when dry, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on a successively several flowered inflorescence with similar tothe leaves though much smaller, floral bracts and carrying very showy, fragrant, longer lasting flowers for the genus.

"This is the species of the membranaceous group with most northern distribution. It is distinguished by the high, thick cushion-like, axial callus of its emarginate lip." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010

Synonyms Notylia inodora (Schiede) Conz. 1947; Vanilla pfaviana Rchb.f. 1883; Vanilla preussii Kraenzl.1919

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing ok to good; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 #5 1958 as V pfaviana drawing good; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Flora of Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 drawing not = V mexicana; The Native Orchids of Florida Luer 1972 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #8 1975; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 9 2008 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo similar; Lankesteriana 9(3): 311-316, f. 8. Soto Arenas 2010 Drawing fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018