Aerangis collum-cygni Summerh. 1927

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Plant and Flower Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Herbarium Sheet Photo by Aluka

FragrantFull shadeWarmSpring

Common Name The Swan Necked Aerangis

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Cameroon, Gabon, Zaire, Central African Republic, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia in disturbed moist woodlands, rainforests and neglected plantations at elevations of 800 to 1200 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with a woody stem carrying 4 to 7, distichous, oblanceolate, slightly oblique to falcate, unequally bilobed apically, fleshy, dark green, dotted black to dark brown leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary or below the leaves, erect, horizontal or pendant, terete, racemose, fractiflex, greyish green dotted with brown, 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long, 4 to 16 flowered inflorescence with 2 to 3, black dotted, tight lower bracts and spreading, triangular, subacute to obtuse upper bracts and carrying nocturnally fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Aerangis compta Summerh. 1955

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as A compta; AOS Bulletin Vol 3 1970 photo as A compacta; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo ok; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; African Orchids in The Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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