Flat-leaved vanilla, Vanilla orchid, Tahitian vanilla, West Indian vanilla (Eng.)
Vanilla planifolia is a wonderful climbing orchid species considered to be one of the most well-known species in the genus Vanilla. It produces valuable vanilla seed pods, which are processed to create one of the most popular flavours in the world. Vanilla was used by the Aztec people in Mexico to flavour cocoa. It is also used in perfumes, medications and for culinary purposes. This species grows well onto trees and poles, having evolved from tropical rainforest environments in Central America.