Aeranthes arachnites [Thou.] Lindl. 1824 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

FragrancePart shadeHotSummer and Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Spider Aeranthes

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This small sized, hot growing, epiphytic species is found on the island of Reunion and Madagascar and has a short stem carrying several, ligulate, pale green leaves that are apically, unevenly bilobed and blooms on a to 8" [20 cm] long, pendant, sucessively single flowered, raceme with a few, fragrant flowers occuring in the summer and fall.

Synonyms Aeranthes grandiflora Lindl. 1833; *Dendrobium arachnites Thouars 1822

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Dendrobium arachnites drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 8 1978 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 9 1979 drawing; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1981; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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