AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Aerangis pulchella (Schltr.) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 33(2): 427 (1915).
Synonyms:
Angraecum pulchellum Schltr., Ann. Inst. Bot.-Géol. Colon. Marseille, III, 1: 200 (1913).
Description:
Plants sub acaulis, leaves oblong (6-15 x 2.5-5 cm) oblique, much wider medially or above, obviously attenuate basally. Inflorescence loosely 15-20 flowered, 25-30 cm long, with the flowers nearly reaching the basal bracts deltoid-obtuse. Median sepal oval-oblong, 1 veined, obtuse and generally 1cm long, lateral sepals oblanceolate, wider apically and attenuate basally. Petals similar to the median sepal, obtuse and 1veined. Labellum elliptical-oblong, acute, longer than the sepals and wider medially (5.5 mm), spur cylindrical, 6.5 cm long. Column twice as long as wide, 45 mm long, attenuate basally, rostellum subulate. Anthers truncate apically, gibbous dorsally; pollina globulous; cauda obtuse; viscidium small and oval Pedicel curved, generally 11 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphytes of branches, in tropical woods below 200 m alt.; flowering in June.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
NW. Madagascar
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 20.01-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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