Vanilla seretii De Wild. 1916 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya

Drawings by © M Allard/Geerink

Full shade Hot Warm

Common Name Seret's Vanilla [French Original Collector of type species later 1800's - 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in the Central African Republic and Zaire in riverine forests at lower elevations as a large to giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphytic vine with an elongate stem carrying oblong to narrowly elliptic, acuminate, petioalte base leaves that blooms on a lax, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence carrying a yellowish flowers with a white and red lip.

The Drawing above [H & I] are of 2 angles of the lip of the flower.

"This is another member of the V. chalotii group, in which the lip is deeply saccate. It is distinguished from V. nigerica by its lip in which the throat has few hairs and lacks a gibbous base." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010

Synonyms Vanilla tisserantii Portères 1951

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010