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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Vanilla

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Orchidaceae

About 100 species (tropics), with two species native to southern Africa. In addition, the plant used as the natural source of vanilla, Vanilla planifolia (which originates from Central and South America), is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Vanilla polylepis

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Vanilla roscheri


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Vanilla planifolia

Native to Central and South America.