Vanilla wariensis Schltr. 1911 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya

Type Drawing by © Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Hot Fall

Common Name The Waria Vanilla [A District of New Guinea]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea at elevations around 300 to 350 meters as a giant sized, hot growing, scandent terrestrial with branching, terete, glabrous, fleshy stems carrying large, long, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, shortly, fleshy petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a elongate, to 12" [30 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence with patent, oblong, obtuse floral bracts.

Schlechter states that this species differs from V kaniensis and V kempteriana in its very long leaves and inflorescence.

"O’Byrne (1994) mentioned that it is common to the North of the Owen Stanley Range. It can be distinguished from other New Guinean vanillas by its very large leaves 10.8 to 14” x 2 to 2.8” [27 to 35 × 5 to 7 cm]." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 Drawing fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010