Aerangis thomsonii (Rolfe) Schltr. 1918 Photo by Bob Campbell

FragranceFull shadeCoolColdFall

Common Name Thomson's Aerangis [English Missionary in Western Africa [1800 to 1900's]]

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.25 cm]

This species occurs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in upland forests low down on trunks and branches at elevations of 1600 to 3000 meters as a small to large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte in deep shade and high humidity with a short to long, woody stem carrying several to 20, dark green, distichous, ligulate, unequally bilobed apically, obtuse leaves that blooms in the fall on an arching, to 12" [30 cm] long, 4 to 10 flowered inflorescence carrying white colored, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Aerangis friesiorum Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963 as A friesiorum; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as A friesorum photo ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo ; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 7 1980 photo as A friesorum; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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