AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Aerangis macrocentra (Schltr.) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 33(2): 427 (1915).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum macrocentrum Schltr., Ann. Inst. Bot.-Géol. Colon. Marseille, III, 1: 195 (1913).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Aerangis clavigera H.Perrier, Notul. Syst. (Paris) 7: 38 (1938).
Description:
Strong growing plant; leaves 20 x 3—3.5 cm; widest in the middle, slightly sickle-shaped, rather thin; inflorescence pendent, about 30 cm long, with 15-25 white flowers, with the end of the spur, the pedicel, and the ovary rosy-colored; sepals and petals almost the same; the dorsal sepal slightly wider (16 x 4 mm); lip almost twice as large as the dorsal sepal; spur 5.5-6 cm long; pedicellate ovary 18—20 mm long.
Habitat:
This orchid is found in the central part of the island where it grows epiphytically at about 4600 ft. (1400 m), where it flowers in May.
Cultivation:
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Distribution:
Central Madagascar.
References:
Hillerman, F. and A. Holst. 1986. An introduction to the cultivated Angraecoid orchids of Madagascar. Timber Press, Portland, Ore. De la Bathie, H., and H. Humbert. [1939, 1941] 1981. Flora of Madagascar 1-2. The Government of Madagascar and the National Museum of Natural History, Paris. Translated and published in 1 vol., Steven D. Beckman, 621 Palm Ave., Lodi, CA, U.S.A. 95240. Du Puy, D., P. Cribb, J. Bosser, J. & C. Hermans. 1999. The Orchids of Madagascar. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, England. WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 08.01-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Photograph Gilles Grunenwald. Image used with kind permission. Photograph Gilles Grunenwald. Image used with kind permission. Photograph Gilles Grunenwald. Image used with kind permission.