Aerangis splendida J.Stewart & I.F.la Croix 1987 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Another Flower Angle Photo by Lourens Grobler

Part shadeWarm TO CoolSummer and Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Splendid Aerangis

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Malawi and Zambia as a small sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte in deep shade of evergreen riverine forests low on tree trunks and larger branches at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters with a woody stem carrying 3 to 8, pendant, oblanceolate, or obovate, unequally bilobed and rounded apically, leathery, dark glossy green leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a pendant, to 12" [30 cm] long, laxly 2 to 7 flowered inflorescence with white flowers set apart in two rows.

This species is best grown mounted but if grown in a pot ample air circulation must be provided to keep black spots from forming on the leaves. Give it deep shade and high humidity in the growing season, and a cooler drier winter rest to ensure vigorous blooming.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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