AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Aeranthes multinodis Bosser in Adansonia, series 2, 11:81 (1971).
Description:
Stemless, upright, epiphytic plant; leaves 12—20 x 2.5-4 cm, unequally obtusely bilobed; one to five inflorescences, each bearing one to three flowers; peduncle slender and many-noded; flower bract almost black, 0.8-1.2 cm long; flowers fleshy; dorsal sepal 2.8-3.3 cm x 8-8.5 mm, seven- to nine-veined; lateral sepals with unequal sides, 3-3.5 x 1-1.2 cm, nine-veined; petals 2.5-2.9 x 0.8-0.9 cm, seven- to nine-veined; hp multi-veined, 1.5- 1.6 x 1-1.2 cm; spur 7-8 mm long; column fleshy, 2 mm long; pedicellate ovary 6-7 mm long, covered with small, sessile, almost black glands.
Habitat:
Growing in rain forest at 1,300—1,400 meters in altitude.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Notes:
Species is distinguished by its multimodal floral peduncles, with sheaths longer than the internodes. This it is close to Aeranthes longipes Schltr.
Distribution:
Eastern Madagascar
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 21.01-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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