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Vanilla pilifera

Vanilla pilifera

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Vanilloideae
Tribe: Vanilleae
SubTribe: Vanillinae
Genus: Vanilla
Species: V. pilifera
Alliance:
Binomial name
Vanilla pilifera
Holttum 1951


Vanilla pilifera is an Vanilla species endemic to Asia.

DescriptionEdit

Flowers bloom with 6 flowered inflorescence. The flowers are 6.8 cm wide.

Monopodial terrestrial climbing orchid, stem and leaves succulent, rooting from node, internode 7-10 cm. Leaves thick, oblong, 10-14 cm; apex acute; base obtuse; petioles 1-1.5 cm. Inflorescences arise from node, ca 5 cm. long, with 6-12 flowers; bracts 0.5-1 cm. long; pedicels 5-6 cm long. Sepal 3, free, oblong-lanceolate, greenish, shiny, 3-3.4 cm long. Lateral petals similar to sepals; labellum whitish pink with dark purple veins inside, ca 3 cm long with appendage hairs at apex down to the mouth close to 8-10 scales of brush, hairs ca 0.5 cm long; lower inside in front column dark red; column 1-1.8 cm long, most part connate to labellum; operculum green.

DistributionEdit

Plants are found in dry evergreen forest of Assam, Thailand, Malaysia and Borneo climbing on trees.

CultureEdit

Keep plant in intermediate to warm temperatures in shade. Plant is grown in shade and require a lots of space for climbing. Plant can be mounted or grown in bark. Plant prefers dryouts between waterings.

NamingEdit

Common Names:The Ball of String Carrying Vanilla

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