Aeranthes nidus Schltr. 1925 GROUP 3 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Deep shade WarmCool LATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Nest-Like Aeranthes [refers to the clumping plants and roots]]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in northern Madagascar in forests on moss and lichen covered trees at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a warm to cool growing epiphyte with several stems which colonize and make large clumping masses around tree trunks with elongated stems enveloped compeletly by leaf sheaths and carrying narrowly linear, narrowing towards the base to form a pseudopetiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on many, erect, 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, successively single flowered, all along the stem inflorescence enveloped by a few widely separated sheaths that can rebloom for years if left uncut.

Synonyms Aeranthes pseudonida H.Perrier 1938

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1938/85 as Aeranthes pseudonida; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Brieger etal 1986; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide