Common Name: Brazilian Vanilla
Brazilian vanilla 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 yields a seed pod that can be used like vanilla. Mainly used locally, it has minor commercial importance, mainly as an adulterant of the true vanilla (Vanilla planifolia). The plant is sometimes cultivated for its pods[
Northern S. America - Brazil, Venezuela.
Dry, rocky bushy places.
The seedpod is used as a flavouring for a range of foods[
]. A vanilla flavour[
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