Aerides crispa Lindl. 1833 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; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 ; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014