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Vanilla phaeantha



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.

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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