Vanilla trigonocarpa Hoehne 1944 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Xanata

Photo by Robert & Kerry Dressler

Common Name The Triangular Seed Pod Vanilla

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and northern Brazil at elevations of 120 to 350 meters as a large sized, hot growing viney epiphyte with a thin stem carrying elliptic, strongly acuminate, gradually narrowing below in to the petiolate base leaves that blooms at least in the summer on a successively to several flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, much shorter than the pvary bracts.

"A very distinct Vanilla known from wet forests in Central America, Colombia, and from the delta of the Amazon River. The main difference between V. trigonocarpa and V. pauciflora is the more trilobed lip of V. trigonocarpa. The plant seems to be related to V. espondae from Colombia, and perhaps to V. sprucei." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010

Synonyms Vanilla pauciflora Dressler 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing good; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing good; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good; Orquideologia Vol 13 No 3 1979 as V pauciflora photo/drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo similar; Lankesteriana 9(3): 344-346, Soto Arenas 2010 Drawing fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #5 2011 photo fide;