Orchidaceae (orchid family)

    The Orchidaceae is one of the largest families of flowering plants, with about 850 genera and 17,000 species.  Most are epiphytic herbs, but some are terrestrial, lithophytic or saprophytic.  Mostly found in tropical forests, but occur on every continent except Antarctica.  Vanilla is a well known edible orchid used as an aromatic flavoring.


    Vanilla planifolia (F.E. Köhler, 1883-1914)
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    The following members of the Orchidaceae family are growing at Montoso Gardens:


Scientific Name Common Name Plant Family

Vanilla claviculata

leafless vanilla


Vanilla planifolia



Vanilla planifolia variegata

variegated vanilla


Vanilla planifolia variegata alba

white variegated vanilla


Vanilla pompona

West Indian vanilla





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