Wild Florida Photo - Vanilla phaeantha - Leafy vanilla

Vanilla phaeantha

Leafy vanilla
Oblong-leaved vanilla

Florida native

Endangered Florida species

Collier Co. FL 12/21/03
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.
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Collier Co. FL 12/21/03
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Collier Co. FL 12/21/03

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

Date record last modified: Aug 07, 2016