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Tahitian Vanilla Orchid

Vanilla planifolia

Description:

Beautiful white and yellow orchid of the vanilla plant.

Habitat:

At a farm on the French Polynesian island of Moorea.

Notes:

....must be pollinated manually, during the morning, if fruit is desired....In the wild, there is less than 1% chance that the flowers will be pollinated, so in order to receive a steady flow of fruit, the flowers must be hand-pollinated when grown on farms.

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4 Comments

HeatherK
HeatherK 9 years ago

Thanks!
alicelongmartin, that is exactly right. This explains why Tahitian vanilla is so expensive. I had no idea why until my visit to this farm. Nor did I know that vanilla came from such a beautiful plant.

harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

Hermosa y seductora::

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

I have always wanted to see one of these flowers. It takes a certain kind of bee to pollinate it naturally and I believe they are in short supply! Thank you for sharing. Hope you got some Vanilla

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 9 years ago

Beautiful flower! It must smell so nice, too!

HeatherK
Spotted by
HeatherK

Papeete, French Polynesia

Spotted on Aug 25, 2011
Submitted on Sep 6, 2012

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