Vanilla abundiflora (PROSEA)

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Vanilla abundiflora J.J. Smith

Family: Orchidaceae




The fruits can be used like those of V. planifolia H.C. Andrews but their fragrance is less strong.


  • Succulent herb with stem 10-20 m long.
  • Leaf blade elliptical, up to 25 cm × 9 cm. Inflorescence a dense raceme with numerous large, white flowers.
  • Fruit compressed-cylindrical, up to 25 cm × 2 cm, yellow-brown.

V. abundiflora occurs in moderately dense forest on swampy land, which is occasionally flooded.

Selected sources

  • Heyne, K., 1927. De nuttige planten van Nederlandsch Indië [The useful plants of the Dutch East Indies]. 2nd edition, 3 volumes. Departement van Landbouw, Nijverheid en Handel in Nederlandsch Indië. 1953 pp. (3rd edition, 1950. van Hoeve, 's‑Gravenhage/Bandung, the Netherlands/Indonesia. 1660 pp.).
  • Smith, J.J., 1920. Orchidaceae novae Malayenses 9. Bulletin du Jardin Botanique Buitenzorg, Série 3, 2: 15-127.


P.C.M. Jansen