Aerangis citrata [Thou]Schlechter 1914 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Flower closeup Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.

Specimen Plant

Photo courtesy of David Jubineau and His Bulbophyllum Pages Copyright

FragranceFull shadeHotCoolSpringSummer and Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Lemon-scented Aerangis

Flower Size 3/4" to 1" [2 to 3cm]

This epiphytic, miniature plant [less than 4" total] from Madagascar appreciates shade and is an cool to hot grower with fine roots, a short stem carrying to 9, elliptic, dark green, thin textured leaves that are unequally bilobed apically which blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a 16" long [40cm], pendant inflorescence with 12 to 30, fragrant [lemon], waxy, small flowers all held in the same plane. This miniature orchid is found among mosses in humid evergreen forests on small branches and trunks of small trees at elevations of sealevel to 1500 meters.

Synonyms Aerobion citratum Sprgl. 1826; Angorchis citrata O. Ktze. 1891; *Angraecum citratum Thou 1822; Rhaphidorhynchus citratus Finet 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Angraecum citratum drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Rhaphidorhynchus citratus drawing good; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 7 1958 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 # 6 1968; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 4 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 2 1983 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 7 1984 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 9 1984 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 9 1986 photo fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger, Senghas 1985 photo fide; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 Drawing/photo fide; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; A Culture Manual for Angraecoid Orchid Growers Hillerman 1992 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #3 1998 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #4 1998 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 5 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 11 2005 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash and La Croix 2005; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #4 2006 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 NO 8 2007 photo fide; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007;Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 6 2019 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #7 2019 photo fide;