!Aeranthes grandiflorus Lindley 1824 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Clone and Angle'


Common Name or Meaning The Giant-Flowered Aeranthes

Flower Size 8" [20 cm]

A small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte from Madagascar at altitudes up to 1200 meters in humid rainforests from the coast to the central plateua, with a very short stem and 5 to 7 distichous, narrowly oblong, coriaceous, unequally bilobed apically, broad leaves and has bizarre flowers that emerge in the late spring through summer from an axillary, 4" to 4' [10 to 120 cm] long, pendant spikes with sheaths covering the peduncle, and have 1 to 2, large, fragrant, long-lasting flowers at the apex. Never cut them off as they keep reblooming even if it seems dead.

Synonyms Aeranthes brachycentron Regel 1891; Angraecum grandiflorum hort. 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 1 1958 drawing as Aerangis grandiflora; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 3 1970 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 8 1978 photo; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing fide; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 drawing/photo fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo good; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 6 1999 photo; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 2 2005 photo; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 1 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide