Wild Florida Photo - Vanilla phaeantha

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Vanilla phaeantha

LEAFY VANILLA

OBLONG-LEAVED VANILLA

Florida native

Endangered Florida species

 

Although the most common vanilla in the state, it is limited in this country to Collier County, Florida. The range also extends through the West Indies. This is a high-climbing plant, growing in a distinctive zig-zag pattern on a variety of trees in swamps. Like many of this genus, V. phaeantha often starts as a terrestial plant, then the base rots away and it continues living as an epiphytic. Leafy vanilla flowers open at night and close by midday from April through July.

 
Vanilla phaeantha is a member of the Orchidaceae - Orchid family.