Ancistrochilus rothschildianus O'Brien 1907

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Common Name or Meaning Rothschild's Ancistrochilus

Flower Size 2" to 3" [5.5 cm]

A sympodial, deciduous leaved orchid, with pseudobulbs that look like Hershey's kisses. It is a warm to cool growing epiphyte from Guinea, Sierra Leone and across to Uganda on bare trunks and larger branches of large forest trees at elevations of 500 to 1100 meters that can be potted and watered regularly while growing and less when not. This small to medium sized epiphyte has clustered, conical or pyriform pseudobulbs with 2 apical, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate or oblanceolate, acute or acuminate, broad, thin textured leaves and blooms in the winter, summer and fall on a basal, arching, to 8" long, pubescent inflorescence, from from the base of the leafed or leafless pseudobulb and can carry 2 to 5, large, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Ancistrochilus thomsonianus var. gentilii De Wild. 1903; Ancistrochilus hirsutissimus Kraenzl. 1914 ; Pachystoma rothschildiana (O'Brien) Sander 1927

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 2 1979 photo fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 as A thompsonianaus var gentilii drawing fide; Simon & Schuster's Guide to Orchids Fanfani & Rossi 1988; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 drawing fide/photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 2 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 7 1994 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 10 2000 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 2 2002 photo; Flora's Orchids Nash and La Croix 2005; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002; African Orchids in the wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #2 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 9 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 #1 2008 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #11 2010 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #8 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #3 2015 photo fide;