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PlantFiles: Species Orchid, Dillon's Vanilla
Vanilla dilloniana

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vanilla (van-IL-a) (Info)
Species: dilloniana

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive maallkimi On Jan 4, 2008, maallkimi from Leverkusen
Germany wrote:

This species has been reported as a native to florida,although,extremely rare and may not currently be found in the wild.It is also reported from different locations in the Caribbean.Leaf bracts are much larger than the other two leafless vanilla species but definitely are not true leafs.They are fairly persistence though and will only be seen on new growth and last year's growth.How all the other Vanillas is it a very rare sight to see it in Flower because it must be min. 12 Feet long.

Neutral MotherNature4 On Nov 29, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Though I have no personal experience with this plant other than study, it certainly deserves protection and propagation. This endangered species is only known in the Dade County (Miami, FL) area, though it is native to the West Indies, too.

An epiphytic vine with many branches, it prefers tropical hardwood limestone hammocks.

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