Project Description

Vanilla Vine

Vanilla planifolia

Aquarium Location

Madagascar

Habitat

Grows best about 2,000 ft above sea level in tropical and semi-tropical environments. Prefers moist and warm climates with sufficient shade and space to grow.

Range

Can be found 20 degrees north or south of the equator across the world. It originated in Southeast Mexico and Guatemala, West Indies, and Northern South America and is cultivated in Madagascar, Comoros Islands, Reunion (former Bourbon), French Polynesia, Tahiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mozambique, Seychelles, Uganda, Guatemala, and Mexico. It is not native to Madagascar but can be found extensively on the island.

Fun Facts

Vanilla can be used to mask unpleasant smells and other strong aromas.
Vanilla is known to help with upset stomachs.
Vanilla can be used to reduce the acidity and spiciness of foods and can be used to add sweetness in hot and/or citric foods.

Cool Adaptation

Vanilla vine will climb up other trees and shrubs to compete for sunlight and nutrients.

Conservation Connection

Vanilla is quite common in many places around the world and is currently under very few threats.