Flat-leaved vanilla

Vanilla planifolia

''Vanilla planifolia'' is a species of vanilla orchid. It is native to Mexico, and is one of the primary sources for vanilla flavouring, due to its high vanillin content. Common names are flat-leaved vanilla, Tahitian vanilla, and West Indian vanilla . Often, it is simply referred to as "the vanilla". It was first scientifically named in 1808.
Vanilla plant, Madagascar Cultivated. Vanilla is one of the main export products of the north of Madagascar. The plants are fertilized by hand. I've seen them do it, although I still don't understand how it works. Africa,Amber Mountain,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Spring,Vanilla planifolia,World

Appearance

Like all members of the genus ''Vanilla'', ''V. planifolia'' is a vine. It uses its fleshy roots to support itself as it grows.
Vanilla pods waiting to be harvested This vanilla does not look quite the same as the identification to me, but perhaps that's because it's not in flower. Agraulis vanillae,Flat-leaved vanilla,Gulf fritillary,Reunion,Vanilla planifolia,winter

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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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassMonocots
OrderAsparagales
FamilyOrchidaceae
GenusVanilla
SpeciesV. planifolia