~Vanilla shenzhenica Z.J.Liu & S.C.Chen 2007 - See Vanilla somae Hayata 1916

Drawing by Leou Chong-Sheng and The E flora Website


Common Name The Shenzhen Vanilla [A city of southern China in Guangdong province] - In China Shen Zhen Xiang Jia Lan

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in southern Guangdong province of Chiana and Hong Kong China in forests or along cliffs in valleys or near waterfalls at elevations of 200 to 400 meters as a large to giant sized, hot growing, climbing vine, with a fleshy, branching, internoded stem carrying many, fleshy-coriaceous, elliptic, acute leaves that blooms in the winter and early fall on an axillary, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, to 4 flowered inflorescence with cucullate, oblong, acute floral bracts

Some references refer to this name as a synonym of V somai but I have left them separate for now.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven and Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven and Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo fide;