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Heaven Scent
Original Oil on Canvas, 48" x 48"
Gallery Wrapped on 1 1/2" Depth Stretcher Bar

Vanilla planifolia
Artist Notes:
“When I think of vanilla, I associate it with a heavenly scent. Vanilla is one of the most popular flavors in the world, yet few people realize that its
flavor and fragrance originate from the fruit or pod (incorrectly called the bean) of an orchid. Pound for pound it is one of the most valuable spice
crops in the world. First used by the Aztecs to flavor their cocoa, vanilla was introduced to Europe in the 16th century by the Spanish (Cortez) and to
Madagascar in the 19th century by the French. Today, most of the world’s vanilla is produced in Madagascar, Réunion and the Comoro Islands, as
well as in Indonesia and Mexico."
About the Orchid:
Native to Mexico and Central America, Vanilla planifolia is a tropical vine with thick fleshy stems that can reach over 100 feet in length. The flowers
open early in the morning and only in their native range are they naturally pollinated by bees. Unless pollination occurs, the flower drops from the
vine the next day and fruit is not produced. After pollination, the 6” to 9”pods containing thousands of tiny black seeds develop over four weeks and
are then harvested, dried and cured to retain the maximum amount of essential oils. Outside of their native range, vanilla seed pods are produced
by hand-pollination and harvesting, a labor-intensive yet commercially rewarding business as vanilla is widely in demand across the world.
Detail images of Heaven

....Showing the highly
textured sculptural
groundwork of fossilized
botanical impressions....

....the artist's signature style.
The artist with Heaven Scent at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Exhibition Photos - Missouri Botanical Garden 2015
Original Oil Paintings           Etching
Patricia Laspino