Notylia inodora (Schiede) Conz.
Vanilla pfaviana Rchb.f.
Vanilla preussii Kraenzl.
Vanilla inodora 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 plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.
Northern S. America - Venezuela; Central America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico.
Rather dry, forested slopes[
]. Growing on trees in rocky woodland at elevations from 15 - 780 metres[
The flowers usually need to be hand pollinated, especially when the plant is growing outside its native range, if the fruit is to be produced[
The crude sap of the plant is reputed to be used locally in the treatment of liver ailments[
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