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Vanilla kempteriana

Vanilla kempteriana

Vanilla kempteriana Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 32

Type: Schlechter 18045 (holo B, lost; iso L)

Twining, tall climber. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Stem terete, branching, glabrous, fleshy, c. 1 cm diam., internodes 6-7 cm long. Leaves elliptic, acuminate, glabrous, fleshy, 25-30 by 9-11 cm, petiole broad, hardly more than 1 cm long. Inflorescence carrying flowers to near the base, much shorter than the leaves, 6-10 cm long, densely several-flowered; rachis thickened. Floral bracts pendent, semiorbicular, concave, very small. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals oblong-elliptic, obtuse, glabrous, c. 3 cm long, in the middle almost 1.2 cm wide. Lateral sepals somewhat oblique. Petals similar to and as large as the sepals, with thickened mid-vein, apex apiculate. Lip broadly cuneate-flabellate, 2.7 cm long, near the apex c. 3 cm wide, in front undulate and with incised margins, apiculate, in the middle hollowed out, with a large but short, scaly, cristate-lacerate band, inside below the apex with several subulate, closely spaced papillae, otherwise glabrous. Column semiterete, glabrous, 2.2 cm long; clinandrium narrowly auriculate. Anther oblong-cucullate, glabrous, dorsally with a low umbo. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 2.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Sepals and petals greenish yellow, lip white, in front with pinkish red and brown lines.

Terrestrial in lower montane forest; 600 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution map

Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.


  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 15, fig. 46
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Vanilloideae
  • Tribe Vanilleae
  • Subtribe Not used
  • Genus Vanilla
  • Species Vanilla kempteriana

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Vanilla kempteriana

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Vanilla kempteriana

Vanilla kempteriana Schltr., plant, sterile, in situ, photo E.F. de Vogel

Vanilla kempteriana

Vanilla kempteriana Schltr., drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 15, fig. 46

Vanilla kempteriana

Vanilla kempteriana Schltr., herbarium sheet, Schlechter 18045 (isotype specimen L)