Vanilla

COMMON NAME

Vanilla orchid

TYPE

Orchid

FAMILY

Orchidaceae

NOTES

A flowering plant genus of about 110 species. The most widely known member is the flat-leaved vanilla (V. planifolia), native to Mexico, from which commercial vanilla flavoring is derived. It is the only orchid widely used for industrial purposes in flavoring such products as foods, beverages and cosmetics, and is recognized as the most popular aroma and flavor. Blooming occurs only when the vines are fully grown. Each flower opens up in the morning and closes late in the afternoon on the same day, never to reopen. Vine-like plants that climb and branch. A leaf and short roots that attach to tree trunks and branches are present at each node.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Tropical America to tropical Asia, New Guinea and West Africa

NATIVE HABITAT

It prefers hot, wet, tropical climates

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

wikipedia.org/Vanilla_planifolia

aos.org

 

Vanilla