Aerangis coriacea Summerh. 1952 Photo by Bob Campbell ,

FragrancePart SunWarm Spring

Common Name The Leathery Aerangis

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm]

Found in Kenya and Tanzania in shade in upland forests near rivers low down on three trunks at elevations of 1300 to 2300 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphtye with a stout woody stem completely enveloped by distichous leaf bearing sheaths carrying several, ligulate to ligulate-oblanceolate, unequally bilobed apically, dark green with noticeable reticulate veining, fleshy, undulate margined leaf that blooms in the spring on an axillary, terete, arching, to 16" [40 cm] long, racemose, 4 to 22 flowered inflorescence carrying very fragrant flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 7 1980 photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the wild and Cultivation LaCroix 1997; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #4 2006 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo fide