Angraecum bancoense Burg 1980 SECTION Dolabrifolia [Pfitzer] Garay

Plant and Flowers Photo by Guy Rammette and his Orchids Gabon Website

Plant in situ

Comparison of A bancoense [Upper] and A distichum [Lower] Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Deep shade Hot Cool Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common NameThe Banco Angraecum [A Forest Reserve in Ivory Coast]

Flower Size .2" [6 mm]

Found in Benin, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Congo and Cameroon at elevations of 200 to 1600 meters in rainforests as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte that is similar to A distichum but is smaller in all aspects as well as different in the lateral sepals, lip and the spur is different.

The plant is indistinguishable from A distichum and consists of a flattened stem enveloped completely by imbricate leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 2 ranked, glossy dark green, deciduous, bilaterally compressed, curved-ellipitc to almost orbicular leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on an opposite the leaves, to 3.6" [9 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Dolabrifolia bancoensis (Burg) Szlach. & Romowicz 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1998; Angraecoid Orchdis Stewart, Hermans & Campbell 2007

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