Vanilla walkeriae Wight 1845 Drawing by Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Drawing Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg

Common Name Walker's Vanilla

Flower Size [6.8 cm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in dry scrub on trees and bushes at elevations around 600 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing, viney epiphyte with a vertically grooved on one face, leafless, very stout stem that blooms in the spring on a terminal, very stout, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate, subacute, 5 to 7 veined floral bracts and carrying white flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Culture in Ceylon and the East Price 1918; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 drawing good; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007