AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Aeranthes moratii Bosser in Adansonia, series 2, 11:87 (1971).
Description:
Stemless, epiphytic plant with short, overlapping leaf sheaths; leaves 10-12 x 1.5-2 cm, light green, leathery, unequally obtusely bilobed; inflorescence slender and pendent, simple or branched chose to the tip; four to flowers in short terminal raceme; flowers light green, sepals slightly yellowish at the tips; dorsal sepal 2.5-2.7 cm x 8-9 mm, five-veined; lateral sepals 2.7-3 cm x 1 cm, five to seven-veined; petals 1.6-1.7 cm x 6-6.5 mm, three- to five-veined; hp curved, 1.7-1.8 cm long, 1.2-1.3 cm wide; spur obtuse, 6-7 mm long; column fleshy, 4 mm long; ovary 10-12 mm long.
Habitat:
In humid lowland forests.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Notes:
Very distinct species, recognizable by its thick leaves, grey-blue green color, and its flowers with its short, highly compressed spur.
Distribution:
Northeastern Madagascar.
References:
Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2007; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 21.01-2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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