Aerangis kirkii (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1918

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Fragrance Full shadeHotSummerFall

Common Name Kirk's Aerangis [English Council in Zanzibar and orchid enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size 1 to 2" [2.5 to 5 cm]

This species occurs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South African coastal bush and riverine forests on shrubs and and small trees at elevations up to 450 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte in deep shade and high humidity with a short stem carrying 2 to 7, dark green to gray green sometimes with a reddish tinge, oblanceolate, unequally bilobed apically, rounded to acute leaves that blooms in the fall on a spreading to pendant, to 7" [17 cm] long, 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence carrying apical flower first which is generally larger than the rest and the fragrant flowers are white strongly tinged with salmon

Synonyms Angraecum apiculatum var. kirkii (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1885; *Angraecum bilobum var. kirkii Rchb.f. 1882; Angraecum kirkii (Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1897

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Aerangis biloba var kirkii; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids Of Kenya Stewart 1996; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 12 2004 photo; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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