Wild Florida Photo - Vanilla phaeantha - Leafy vanilla
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.
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Vanilla phaeantha is a member of the Orchidaceae - Orchid family.
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants (Institute for Systemic Botany) profile for this species
USDA Plant Profile for this species
Date record last modified: Aug 07, 2016