This species is the only orchid grown for purposes other than ornamental. It originated in Mexico and the vanilla is extracted by fermenting the unripe pods and infusing them in alcohol. The main producer is now the Malagasy Republic (Madagascar). The crop is propagated vegetatively and few clones are known to exist. There may be scope for selection by amateur breeders in the centre of origin. Variable ranking
See: Differential interaction. Variation
Differences displayed by individuals within a species . Variety
In a botanical context, this term means a subdivision of a species . An agricultural or horticultural variety is called a cultivar. Vascular
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