Vanilla phalaenopsis Rchb.f. ex Van Houtte 1867 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya

Plant in situ Seychelles

Photos by W Bachmann and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name The Phalaenopsis Vanilla

Flower Size 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in the Seychelles Islands as a giant sized, hot growing epiphyte.

"This species is scarcely different from V. roscheri from continental Africa and the nearby islands. The appearence is exactly the same, however the base of the lip is said to be much more pubescent than in V. madagascariensis." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010