Aerangis verdickii (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918 Photo by © Lourens Grobler.

InflorescencePhoto by Tony Watkinson.

FragrancePart shadeWarm TO HotSpring and Summer

Common Name or Meaning Verdick's Aerangis [Belgian Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size 1" to 2" with a 5 to 8" spur [3cm with 12 to 17 cm spurs]

Found from Rwanda, Zaire, Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Transvaal South Africa as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing, smaller, monopodial epiphyte from open woodlands usually on high branches but occasionally on rocks from 100 to 1800 meters with a short stem carrying 2 to 6, oblong-ligulate, undulate margins, subequally bilobed apically, the lobes acute or obtuse, thick, fleshy, gray green leaves that can be deciduous if the plant dries out in the winter that blooms in the spring or summer on a 16" [50 cm] long, few to several [10 to 12] flowered, racemose inflorescence with sweet smelling flowers, needing to be mounted, given partial shade and a dry winter.

Synonyms Aerangis erythrura (Kraenzl.) Garay 1972; Aerangis verdickii var. rusituensis (Fibeck & Dare) la Croix & P.J.Cribb 1998; Angraecum augustum Rolfe 1908; Angraecum erythrurum Kraenzl. 1929; *Angraecum verdickii De Wild.1902

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Malawi Orchids Vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing fide; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; A Culture Manual for Angraecoid Orchid Growers Hillerman 1992 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 10 1994 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 7 1997 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #1 1997 photo fide; African orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 as A verdickii var rusituensis; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing fide/photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #4 2006 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 as A verdickii var rusituensis; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;