Aeranthes tenella Bosser, Adansonia, n.s., 11: 85 (1971).
Small, stemless, epiphytic plant with four or five leaves 2.5-5.5 x 1-1.8 cm, leathery, with tips rounded, bilobed; leaf sheaths short and overlapping; inflorescences four or five in number, 5-10 cm long, one- or two-flowered; peduncie slender; flowers small; dorsal sepal 1.8-1.9 cm x 4 mm, five-veined; lateral sepals asymmetrical, 1.7-1.8 cm x 6-7 mm, five- to seven veined; petals 1-1.2 cm x 4.5 mm, five- to seven-veined; lip 1-1.2 cm x 6-7 mm, with edges denticulate toward the tip; spur 6-6.5 mm long, with tip somewhat curved, mildly swollen; pedicellate ovary 1.5-1.8 mm long.
Growing in rain forest.
This species is slightly reminiscent of Aeranthes parvula Schlechter, but the leaves are wider and the habit is different.
As given for the genus
Northeastern Madagascar
Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 21.01-2017;
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Photograph Alain Bastide. Image used with kind permission. Photograph Alain Bastide. Image used with kind permission.