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  Vanilla wightiana
 
  Family: ORCHIDACEAE
  Citation:  Vanilla wightiana Lindl. ex Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 90. 1890; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1451(1015). 1928; Abraham & Vatsala, Introd. Orchids 502. 1981; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 402. 1984; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 471. 1994; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 363. 1995; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 700. 2002; Sathish & Manilal, Orchid Memories 230. 2004. Vanilla aphylla sensu Wight, Ic. t. 931. 1845 non Blume 1825; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 456. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 332. 1997; Sathish. et al., Amer. Orch. Soc. Bull. 395. 1993; Muktesh, Epiphytic Fl. Western Ghats 127. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 442. 1998.
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  Description: Leafless climbing epiphytes, rooting from nodes. Scaly bracts 0.5-1 cm long, lanceolate, deciduous. Stem green, 0.5-0.7 cm diam., internodes 10-15 cm long. Inflorescence axillary short racemes. Peduncle 1.5-2 cm long; floral bracts 0.2-0.3 cm diam., orbicular. Flowers 3 cm across, creamy. Sepals and petals 2.5-3 cm long, 1 cm wide. Lip 2-2.5 cm long, clawed at base embracing the column in a tube, dialated to a 3-lobed limb; side lobes small; mid-lobe densely covered with tile-shaped scales. Pedicel with ovary 2.5-3cm long.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-March
  District(s): Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests, also in sacred groves
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): Yes
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status: Vulnerable (VU)
  Altitude: 600-800
  Localities: Kottur R.F., Thenmalai, Bonaccord, Attayar
   
 
   
 
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