small lily like, greenish - yellow vanilla flowers with
stout inflorescences with up to twenty to 30 flowers, but
more usually six to fifteen open from the base upwards.
Only one or three flowers open at one time and each lasting
few hours. The flower opens in the morning and closes some
hours later, never to re-open. The vanilla flower is inacapable
of self-pollination without the aid of an outsider. If
it is not manually pollinated it will shed the day after.
Hence, one pollinated flower
will bear a bean.
crop production entirely depends on hand-pollination, mostly
which result the hefty price at this early stage in production.
The seed pod develops over
a period of eight to nine months and about 200 mm in length to become a pendulous, narrowly-cylindrical