Vanilla kaniensis Schltr. 1911 Type Drawing by © Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website
Common Name The Kani Range Vanilla [A Mountain Range of New Guinea]
Found in New Guinea at elevations around 600 meters as a giant sized, warm growing, scandent terrestrial with branching, terete, glabrous, fleshy stems carrying long, narrowly elliptic, acuminate, glabrous, shortly, fleshy petiolate base leaves that blooms in fall on a subdense, to 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively 12 to 17 flowered inflorescence with minute, deltoid, glabrous floral bracts.
Related to V wariensis and V kempteriana but differs in the smaller leaves, shorter inflorescence, longer ovaries and a scarcely trilobate lip.
Schlechter states that the flowers are green-yellow with a white, rose-red veined labellum
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 Drawing fide;