Vanilla roscheri Rchb. f.

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Vanilla roscheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma.

Vanilla roscheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma.

Vanilla roscheri

Photo: Ton Rulkens
South of Pemba, Mecufi District.

Vanilla roscheri

Photo: Ton Rulkens
South of Pemba, Mecufi District.

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Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Leafless, liane-like climber with green succulent stems up to c. 1 cm in diameter and short roots at the nodes. Small brownish vestigial leaves sometimes present at the nodes. Inflorescence many-flowered, up to 30 cm long, terminal or at the nodes. Flowers large and showy, up to 15 cm in diameter, white, more or less flushed with pink, strongly and sweetly scented. Lip funnel-shaped, often salmon-pink or yellowish in the throat. Capsule up to 17.5 cm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In coastal forest and scrub or in grassland with scattered trees.
Altitude range: 0 - 220 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and just entering KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 1 December 2013

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 75 - 76. (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 258 - 260. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 129.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 248.

Linder, H.P. & Kurzweil, H. (1999). Orchids of Southern Africa A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, the Netherlands ISBN 90-5410-445-7 Page 351.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 124 - 125. (Includes a picture).

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 391.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 90. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vanilla roscheri
African Plant Database: Vanilla roscheri
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Vanilla roscheri
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Vanilla roscheri
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iNaturalist: Vanilla roscheri
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vanilla roscheri
JSTOR Plant Science: Vanilla roscheri
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vanilla roscheri
Plants of the World Online: Vanilla roscheri
Tropicos: Vanilla roscheri
Wikipedia: Vanilla roscheri

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Vanilla roscheri., retrieved 17 June 2024

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