Vanilla roscheri Rchb.f. 1876 Photo by Bob Campbell and the Orchids of Kenya ,

FragrancePart SunHot Winter

Common Name Roscher's Vanilla [German Original Collector and discoverer of species 1800's]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Natal South Africa in open bushlands, scrub, mangroves and open evergreen scrub at elevations of sealevel to 1050 meters as a large to giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with an elongate, occasionally branching stem with adventitious roots, essentially leafless but carrying green scale-like leaves that turn brown with age and blooms in the winter on a short, to 35 successively flowered inflorescence carrying strongly and sweetly fragrant flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the WIld and Cultivation LaCroix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004