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Vanilla pilifera

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Vanilloideae
Tribe: Vanilleae
SubTribe: Vanillinae
Genus: Vanilla
Species: V. pilifera
Binomial name
Vanilla pilifera
Holttum 1951

Vanilla pilifera is an Vanilla species endemic to Asia.


Flowers bloom with 6 flowered inflorescence. The flowers are 6.8 cm wide.

Monopodial terrestrial climbing orchid, stem and leaves succulent, rooting from node, internode 7-10 cm. Leaves thick, oblong, 10-14 cm; apex acute; base obtuse; petioles 1-1.5 cm. Inflorescences arise from node, ca 5 cm. long, with 6-12 flowers; bracts 0.5-1 cm. long; pedicels 5-6 cm long. Sepal 3, free, oblong-lanceolate, greenish, shiny, 3-3.4 cm long. Lateral petals similar to sepals; labellum whitish pink with dark purple veins inside, ca 3 cm long with appendage hairs at apex down to the mouth close to 8-10 scales of brush, hairs ca 0.5 cm long; lower inside in front column dark red; column 1-1.8 cm long, most part connate to labellum; operculum green.


Plants are found in dry evergreen forest of Assam, Thailand, Malaysia and Borneo climbing on trees.


Keep plant in intermediate to warm temperatures in shade. Plant is grown in shade and require a lots of space for climbing. Plant can be mounted or grown in bark. Plant prefers dryouts between waterings.


Common Names:The Ball of String Carrying Vanilla