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Useful Tropical Plants

Vanilla guianensis

Splitg.

Orchidaceae

+ Synonyms

Vanilla acuta Rolfe

Vanilla latisegmenta Ames & C.Schweinf.

Vanilla surinamensis Rchb.f.

Common Name:

Vanilla guianensis

General Information

Vanilla guianensis is a succulent-stemmed, perennial climbing plant, producing a stem that can be 7 metres or more 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 pods are gathered from the wild and used as a food flavouring.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northern S. America - Brazil, the Guyanas.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height7.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The seedpods are used as a flavouring in food[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. A vanilla flavour[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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