Aerangis monantha Schltr. 1925 Photo by Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Part shadeWarmSpring

Common Name The Single Flowered Aerangis

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in eastern Madagascar on treesand shrubs at elevations of 800 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with almost no stem carrying 2 to 7, oblong-ligulate to elliptic, rounded and bilobed apically, glossy green becoming dull and matte with reddish margins leaves adn blooms in the spring on a short, single [occasionally 2] flowered inflorescence carrying a large flower for the plant size. Similar to A punctata but can be distinguished by the shiney becoming dull with red margins and the sepals and petals being very similar, the lip is very pointed and narrow and the spur is coiled or curved.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1936/81 not = A fastuosa; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 8 1986; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & HermansParsons & Gerritsen 2013 photos fide