Aerangis fastuosa [Rchb.f.]Schlechter 1914 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Ben Berliner and Willow Pond Orchids

FragrancePart shadeHot LATE WinterTo Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Magnificent Aerangis

Flower Size 2" [5cm]

This is a dwarf, hot growing, variable, epiphytic species from Madagascar and found in the transitional land between the coastal plain and the central plateau in evergreen forests onn twigs and small branches at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters with very short stems carrying several obovate to oblong-cuneiform, fleshy, unequally bilobed at the apex leaves. The flowers are large, long lasting and fragrant at night and occur in the late winter and spring on a short, 2" [5 cm] long, 1 to 6 flowered inflorescence with large cuculate floral bracts.

Synonyms Angorchis fastuosa [Rchb.f.]O.Ktze. 1891; *Angraecum fastuosum Rchb.f 1881; Rhaphidorhynchus fastuosus [Rchb.f] Finet 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Rhaphidorhynchus fastuosus drawing good; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 in error as A umbonata; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 4 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 8 1986; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing/hmm; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 3 1996 photo; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photos fide