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Vanilla planifolia - Vanilla Orchid

Vanilla planifolia - Vanilla Orchid (Vanilla planifolia - Vanilla Orchid)

This is the orchid which produces vanilla of commerce. It's a very large orchid. Not sure if it blooms in winter like most orchids grown in San Diego. Photo taken in the Botanical Building, Balboa Park on Sept. 29, 2010.

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Great species. I like its climbing habit and thick alternating leaves.

14 Oct, 2010



Thanks! Yes, it can climb pretty high. I guess that's why it's in a pot. It would probably climb up the sides of this lath house it allowed to do so in the ground.

14 Oct, 2010


Would love to have one of these. I don't think I have space though, here in New York.

12 Jan, 2017


It definitely needs a lot of space. This one is growing up the pillar in the Botanical Building (a giant lath-house). There's many hundreds of orchids growing in the Botanical Building, beside thousands of other tropical plants.

13 Jan, 2017

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