Aeranthes tenella Bosser 1971 Photo A Jubault and The Orchid Web Site

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Common Name or Meaning The Very Delicate Aeranthes

Flower Size 1.2" [2.8 cm]

Found in Madagascar and Reunion in humid, mossy, evergreen forests with 4 to 6, linear, fairly thick leaves that blooms on a spreading to pendant, simple to few branched, to 5.8" [14.5 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence.

Related to A parvula but differs in this one having wider leaves, sepals and petals that are less longly acuminate, there are not denticulations on the lip and the spur is clearly club-shaped at the apex.

Synonyms Aeranthes tenella var. borbonica Bosser 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 photo ok; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009

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