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Vanilla dietschiana is a rare Brazilian orchid belonging to the orchid subfamily Vanilleoidea, first described in 1903.  Unlike the other members of its genus, it has lost its climing ability so does not have a lianescent (woody vine) morphology, but rather grows as a shoot along a rhizome.  This was enigmatic for taxonomic purposes, and this species was taken out of the genus Vanilla in 1986 and put into it's own genus, Dictyophyllaria dietschiana.  This was revised in 2009, when genetic markers indicated that it is, in fact, closely related to Vanilla mexicana, and the species was moved back into genus Vanilla (Cameron 2011; Pansarin 2010)

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