Aerides crispa Lindl. 1833 SECTION Falcata Photo by Nimal Kumar

Drawing Miss Drake and from Edward's Botanical Register

FragrantPart sun Warm Cool Spring

Common Name The Curled Aerides

Flower Size to 2" [to 5 cm]

Found in southwestern India at elevations of 800 to 1200 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a thick dull violet purple stem carrying spreading, thick, coriaceous, pale green with dull-violet -purple basally, unequally bilobed apically with a small mucro between the lobes, strap-shaped leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, 16 to 20" [40 to 50 cm] long, erect to arching, branched, 20 to 25 flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant [pineapple or sassafrass] flowers

Synonyms Aerides brockessii Heynh. 1846; Aerides brookei Bateman ex Lindl. 1841; Aerides crispa var. lindleyana (Wight) A.H.Kent 1891; Aerides crispa var. warneri A.H.Kent 1891; Aerides lindleyana Wight 1851; Aerides warneri Hook.f. 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids 1965 as A crispum; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 NO 9 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 9 1992 postage stamp fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 #6 1993 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014