AppearanceLike all members of the genus ''Vanilla'', ''V. planifolia'' is a vine. It uses its fleshy roots to support itself as it grows.
Distribution''Vanilla planifolia'' is found in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northeastern South America. It prefers hot, wet, tropical climates.
It is cultivated and harvested primarily in Veracruz, Mexico and in Madagascar.
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