Aeranthes parkesii G.Will., Kirkia 13: 250 (1990).
Epiphytic herb; stem short and woody, up to 12 mm long, covered with old leaf bases and remains of inflorescences. Leaves 2–6, distichous, 17 × 1.5 cm, lanceolate from a folded base, articulated to sheath, coriaceous, somewhat glaucous. Inflorescences (floral axes) 1–2, arising from base of stem, up to 20 cm long, erect or pendent, sometimes branched, each branch 1-flowered.Peduncle slender, covered with up to 15 imbricate, papery, sheathing bracts to 20 mm long. Pedicel and ovary to 15 mm long, sharply curved. Flowers translucent greenish-cream, darker at tepal and spur apices. Sepals to 20 × 7 mm, ovate, acuminate, curving forwards. Petals to 12 × 7 mm, ovate, acuminate, erect or recurved. Lip porrect, up to 10 × 10 mm, quadrate with an apical acumen c. 2 mm long; spur to 10 mm long, pendent, conical. Column c. 3 × 2 mm. Capsule to 30 × 6 mm, persistent for over 1 year.
Riverine forest, in mid canopy Low altitude
As given for the genus
This species closely resembles plants from Madagascar which key out to Aeranthes ramosa Rolfe. This is a polymorphic taxon which needs further investigation.
Zimbabwe (Mt. Nyangani)
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In culture
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