Angraecum arachnites Schltr. 1925 SECTION Arachnangraecum Schlechter

Photo by Marni Turkel and her Stony Point Ceramic Design Website

Fragrance Full Shade CoolLATERSpring THROUGH Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Spider-Like Angraecum

Flower Size 3.6" [9 cm]

Found in central Madagascar in evergreen, humid forests at elevations around 1380 to 1500 meters as a miniature to just small sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect to ascending, simple to sparsely branched stem enveloped completely by leafless and leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying spreading, oblong-ligulate, to ligulate, thin and leathery, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically, recurved and minutely serrate leaves that blooms in the later spring through fall on an axillary, longer than the leaf, single flowered inflorescence with an ovate, spiculate floral bract and nocturnally fragrant flowers

Often confused with A germinyanum but this one has smaller leaves and a small narrower lip


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 4 1979 photo as A ramosum var arachnites; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 drawing/photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2007;Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #12 2011 photo fide;