Vanilla utteridgei J.J.Wood 2002 SUBGENUS Xanata SECTION Tethya TYPE Drawing by J J Wood and The Orchids of New Guinea Website

Common Name Utteridge's Vanilla

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in southwestern New Guinea in lowland rainforeests at elevations around 50 meters as a giant sized, hot growing viney terrestrial with a stout, fleshy stem carrying at each node, oblong to browdly elliptic, gradually tapering to an acuminate apex, margin gently undulate, thickly coriaceous, "U" to "V" shaped petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, fleshy, peduncle 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, pprovided with 2 to 4 ovate, obtuse, persiistent bracts, rachis 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long, laxly 10 to 15 flowered inflorescence with ovate, obtuse, persistent, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying strongly fragrant, resupinate, fleshy flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankesteriana 9(3): 355-398 Soto Arenas & Cribb 2010