Aerangis biloba [Lindley]Schlechter 1915

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

FragrancePart shadeWarmTo HotSpring and Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Two-lobed Aerangis [refers to the leaf]

Flower Size 1" to 2" [2 to 4cm]

This small sized, hot to warm growing, epiphytic species is from tropical western and central Africa in forests, woodland and thickets, as well as on cultivated crops such as coffee and cocoa to elevations of 700 meters with short to 8" long stems carrying, 4 to 12, obovate, unequally bilobed apically, fleshy or leathery, dull green leaves with black spots that blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, 4 to 16" [10 to 40 cm] long, pendant or arching raceme that carries from 2 to 20, waxy, fragrant, long-lived flowers. This species requires high humidity and can be grown in a pot with a bark mix or mounted on cork or treefern and provided moderate shade.

Synonyms Aerangis campyloplectron (Rchb.f.) Garay 1972 ; Angorchis biloba (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Angorchis campyloplectron (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891 ; Angraecum apiculatum Hooker 1845; *Angraecum bilobum Lindley 1840; Angraecum campyloplectron Rchb.f. 1855; Rhaphidorhynchus bilobus (Lindl.) Finet 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Angraecum campyloplectron; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as Angraecum bilobum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Rhaphidorhynchus bilobus drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo good; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 9 1984 photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing ok; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; African Orchids In the wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002; Flora's Orchids Nash and La Croix 2005; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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