Aerides ringens (Lindl.) C.E.C.Fisch. 1928 Photo by G.R. Rao and the Graceful Indian Orchids Website

Common Name The Rigid Aerides

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in India, Sri Lanka and the Andaman Islands as a miniature to small sized, hot growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying rigidly leathery leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, stout, erect to ascending, rarely branched, dull purple, furrowed, to 8" [to 20 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers

Synonyms Aerides linearis Hook.f. 1890; Aerides radicosa A.Rich. 1841; Gastrochilus laxiflorus Kuntze 1891; Gastrochilus paniculatus (Wight) Kuntze 1891; Gastrochilus ringens (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Gastrochilus wightianus (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Saccolabium lineare Lindl. ex Wall. 1832; Saccolabium paniculatum Wight 1851; *Saccolabium ringens Lindl. 1833; Saccolabium rubrum Wight 1851; Saccolabium wightianum Lindl. 1833

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Saccolabium paniculatum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as A radicosum; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids 1965 as aerides radicosum; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014