AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Aeranthes strangulata Frapp. ex Cordem., Fl. Réunion: 192 (1895).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Aeranthes longipes Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 33: 280 (1925).
Aeranthes rigidula Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 33: 283 (1925).
Aeranthes erectiflora Senghas, Orchidee (Hamburg) 38: 7 (1987).
Description:
Plants acaulis. leaves 6-8. lorate-linear (17-23 x 1.1-1,5 cm.) slightly attenuate toward the base and apex, inflorescence to 35 cm long upright or ascending simple nr with 1-2 branches; peduncle very thick (1.5-2 mm. in diameter), generally 30 cm long. entirely covered by the pale scarious dry sheaths, longer than the internodes; cluster several flowered. developing gradually: bracts oval-acuminate. half the length of the pedicel; flowers pure green, thin and of an average size. Sepals oval, very longly acuminate, generally 2 cm long, the laterals slightly enlarged above the base on the front side. Petals oval, longly acuminate. nearly equal to the sepals. Labellum rhomboid-suborbicular truncate basally and apiculate apically (14 x 12 mm. medially). Column 4 mm. tall; spur slightly curved in front, cylindrical-obtuse 13 mm, long, abruptly and very dilate at its oriface. Pedicel 13 mm long.
Habitat:
Plants are found on moss and lichen-covered trees in mossy forests in south-central Madagascar, with collections reported from near Antananarivo at about 4600 ft. (1400 m).
Flowering:
March.
Cultivation:
Read more of Cultivation of Aeranthes strangulata Frapp. ex Cordem.
Notes:
This is another small-plant type aeranthes, almost a "mini," measuring 8-10 cm tall and 20 cm wide at most), demanding very little special attention, and adaptable to "lights" culture or "window" conditions. For green flower addicts, this is another "must".
Distribution:
EC. & E. Madagascar. Endemic.
References:
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. Hamilton, R. 1988. When does it flower? 2nd ed. Robert M. Hamilton, 9211 Beckwith Road, Richmond, B. C., Canada V6X 1V7. Hillerman, F. and A. Holst. 1986. An introduction to the cultivated Angraecoid orchids of Madagascar. Timber Press, Portland, Ore.; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 21.01-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
Photos/drawings:
Hillerman, F. and A. Holst. 1986. An introduction to the cultivated Angraecoid orchids of Madagascar. Timber Press, Portland, Ore. (Color photo)
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