Aeranthes tropophila Bosser, Adansonia, n.s., 11: 91 (1971).
Stemless, epiphytic upright plant; five to seven leaves, with short, overlapping sheaths; leaves 10-17cm long, 1.5- 1.9 cm wide, obtusely bilobed; three to five inflorescences 2—2.5 cm long with one to four flowers; peduncle slender, 1 cm long; flowers fleshy; dorsal sepal 1.1-1.6 cm x 3-3.5 mm, five-veined; lateral sepals with unequal sides, 1.2-1.6 cm x 4.5-5 mm, also five-veined; petals 1-1.3 cm x 2.8-3 mm, three- to five-veined; lip 7-8 mm long, 4.5-4.7 mm wide, with denticulate edges at tip; spur 5-6 mm long, 1.2-1.3 mm in diameter; pedicellate ovary 5 mm long.
Aeranthes tropophila is an epiphyte herb growing in dry, deciduous scrubland, and in tropical xerophilous forests.
As given for the genus.
With its short inflorescences, it is reminiscent of Aeranthes laxiflora Schlechter, but the characteristics of the floral segments are distinct.
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 21.01-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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