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Useful Tropical Plants

Vanilla griffithii

Rchb.f.

Orchidaceae

+ Synonyms

Vanilla tolypephora Ridl.

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General Information

Vanilla griffithii is a succulent-stemmed, perennial climbing plant, producing a stem that can be 7 metres long. The plant grows into trees, supporting itself by means of aerial roots that are produced from the stem nodes. It is often epiphytic, or becomes epiphytic as the lower portion of the stem withers and dies.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

The plant contains an irritating latex[
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Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

Climbing into trees in forests[
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Properties

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HabitPerennial Climber
Height7.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The fruit is sweet and edible[
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Medicinal

The pounded flowers are rubbed on the body as a treatment against fever[
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Other Uses

A latex obtained from the plant is used to make the hair healthy[
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Propagation

Seed -

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