AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Vanilla perrieri Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 33: 114 (1924).
Description:
Plants with the look and flowers of Vanilla madagascariensis; bracts oval-deltoid shorter than the pedicel, flowers of a vivid yellow, with the throat brilliant orange, labellum tinted basally with brown and the hairs of a vivid red. Sepals narrowly (6.5 x 2.2-2.4 cm), oblong obtuse and slightly, attenuate toward the base. Petals oval-oblong (5.5 x 3.3 cm), obtuse and with numerous veins slightly undulate flexuous. Labellum longly joined to the column, then very widely obovate-flabelliform not divided and very obtuse apically, with the front margins sometimes undulate pleated; upper surface not papillous, but sprinkled with hairs on it lower half; veins numerous, very sinuate-flexuous in the lower half of the labellum, sub straight lengthwise Column 2.3 cm tall. Staminodes margins entire. Stigmas bidentate apically. Pedicel glabrous, 6 cm long generally.
Habitat:
In seasonally dry, deciduous woods on sandy soils at elevations around 200 meters.
Phenology:
Flowing in October.
Distribution:
W. & S. Madagascar
References:
Flora of Madagascar: vascular plants: 49th family, Orchids / by H. Perrier de La Bathie; published under the auspices of the government of Madagascar and under the direction of H. Humbert; English revision and translation by Steven D. Beckman; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009.
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Photograph Karl Senghas©
Swiss Orchid Foundation at
the Herbarium Jany Renz
Image used with kind
permission.
Photograph Karl Senghas©
Swiss Orchid Foundation at
the Herbarium Jany Renz
Image used with kind
permission.