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Vanilla sp., Vanilla Orchid

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Vanilla pompona
Vanilla sp.
Family: Orchidaceae
Vanilla Orchid
Origin: tropical America, tropical Asia, West Africa
Vine or creeperSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrantSpice or herbAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

This genus of vine-like plants has a monopodial climbing habitus. They can form long thin stems with a length of more than 35 m, with alternate leaves spread along their length. The short, oblong, dark green leaves of Vanilla are thick and leathery, even fleshy in some species. But there are also a significant number of species that have their leaves reduced to scales or have become nearly or totally leafless and appear to use their green climbing stems for photosynthesis. Long and strong aerial roots grow from each node.

Most Vanilla flowers have a sweet scent.

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Joan Horn
Clark, NJ, USA
18 Mar 2008
I purchased this plant from "Toptropicals". It's wonderful! I'm getting new sprouts, it's healthy and happy. I love it.

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