AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Solenangis scandens (Schltr.) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 134 (1918).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum scandens Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 38: 24 (1905).
Description:
Stems long, leafy, scandent; roots numerous. Leaves 3-5 x 1.5-2.5 cm, distichous, ovate. Inflorescences arising along the stem, 2-10 cm long, 3- to 15-flowered. Flowers white, greenish, yellowish or pinkish. Sepals and petals 5-7 x 2-3 mm, ovate or elliptic, obtuse. Lip 6-8 x 2.5-4 mm, entire, ovate, obtuse; spur 2-2.5 cm long, with a wide mouth, then becoming narrow, and swollen again at the apex.
Habitat:
In rainforests in bright locations.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte.
Distribution:
W. & WC. Trop. Africa
References:
Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 10 1970; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 16.03.2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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