AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Aeranthes setiformis Garay, Bot. Mus. Leafl. 23: 157 (1972).
Synonyms:
Aeranthes pusilla Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 33: 282 (1925), nom. illeg.
Description:
Small acaulis plants, 4-7 cm tall, leaves 4-7, linear, lingulate-linear (3-5 cm x 3-7 mm), slightly coriaceous. Inflorescence upright or obliquely ascending, to the length of the leaves or slightly longer, simple or with several short, basal branches; peduncle setiform, bearing several distant sheaths, ordinarily bearing a single flower per branch, bracts oval-apiculate, half as long as the pedicel, flowers small, white or slightly greenish. Sepals lanceolate-oblong, acuminate-obtuse and 7.5 mm long, the laterals with their front margins slightly enlarged above the base. Petals shorter (5.5 mm), oval, obtusely and shortly acuminate. Labellum suborbicular or widely oval (3.5 x 3 mm centrally), very obtuse. Column very short (0.5 mm) foot with the spur curved in front, cylindrical-obtuse, 3 mm long and widely dilate at the oriface. Pedicel 4 mm long generally.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in mossy forest, from 2000 m alt., flowering in October.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
C. Madagascar
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 21.01-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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