AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Aeranthes subramosa Garay, Bot. Mus. Leafl. 23: 157 (1972).
Synonyms:
Aeranthes gracilis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 33: 277 (1925), nom. illeg.
Description:
Very small plants. acautis, cases 4-6 linear or lingulate-linear (3.5-6 cm. x 6-7 mm.). lnflorescence loosely several flowered, flat or slightly pendent, very thin, to 14 cm. long, simple or with several branches near the base, these branches (when they exist) nearly as long as the peduncle and the rachis; peduncle with distant. apiculate sheaths; bracts oblong-apiculate, half as long as the pedicel; flowers small, thin and of pure green. Sepals oval-lanceolate. then elongated in an acumin, to all of l4 mm long, the laterals slightly enlarged on the front margin near the base. Petals (9 mm.), very wide basally, then very acuminate. Labellum (5.5 x 4.75 mm.) subtruncate. rounded and apiculate apically, truncate basally and provided with 2 oblique costules basally. Column short (l.5 mm.): spur 6 mm., cylindro-connical, curved in front and 6 mm. long. Pedicel 4-5 mm. long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte; in forests with lichens, from 2000 m. alt.; flowering: February.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
Madagascar. Endemic.
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 21.01-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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