Vanilla kinabaluensis Carr 1936 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya

Photo by Peter O'Byrne

Part Shade Hot Warm

Common Name The Kinabalu Vanilla [A mountain in Borneo]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in pennisular Malaysia and northern Borneo in hill forests at elevations of 300 to 900 meters as a giant sized, hot to warm growing, climbing epiphyte with a stem carrying flaccid, linear, acute basally clasping leaves that blooms on a successively several flowered inflorescence.

"Very similar to the Bornean V. abundiflora J.J. Sm., but with larger flowers, a more distinctly 3-lobed lip with a median keel and without irregularly seriate warts. The column lacks the appendages found in V. abundiflora. It is recognized by its extremely long raceme, sometimes with up to 165 flowers, which open successively perhaps during much of the year." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing good; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Borneo Vol 4 J J Wood 2003 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photos/drawing fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo good; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 21 2018 drawing/photo fide