Vanilla madagascariensis Rolfe 1896 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya

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Full shade Hot ToWarm Fall THROUGHSpring

Common Name The Madagascar Vanilla In Madagascar - Amalo

Flower Size 5.2" [13 cm]

Found in Madagascar in coastal, humid evergreen and dry forests of the east at elevations up to 800 meters as a large sized, hot growing epiphyte with a thick, green, usually smooth vine-like stem that blooms in the fall through spring on a 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence.

In Madagascar considered to be an aphrodesiac

"Vanilla madagascariensis is very similar to V. phalaenopsis from the Seychelles and V. roscheri from E Africa. All three have large, white flowers with pink to apricot throat to the lip, but they differ in the lip lobing. They have some of the most spectacular flowers in Vanilla." Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing ok; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2015 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide;