Angraecum chamaeanthus Schltr. 1915 SECTION Nana [Cordem.] Garay Photo courtesy of Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Plants in situ in Zimbabwe Photo courtesy of Bart Wursten and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part shade CoolCold Winter

Common Name The Lowly Flowering Angraecum

Flower Size .1 to .15" [2 to 3 mm]

Found in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and northern South Africa on small twigs in montane and submontane forests at elevations of 1300 to 2400 meters as a super-miniature sized, coolto cold growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 2 to 4, linear-ligulate to elliptic, slight bluish green leaves and blooms in the winter on a secund, .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm], 4 to 10 flowered inflorescence

This species is separated from A sacciferum and A pusillum by the fact that it is always a twig epiphyte and has a minute inflorescence with up to 12 flowers, A sacciferum is a main trunk or twig epiphyte with a horizontal few [to 5] flowered inflorescence and A pusillum is a main trunk epiphyte or lithophyte and has an upright inflorescence with up to 15 flowers. The other miniature that it can be confused with is Mystacidium flanaganii but it is always a twig epiphyte and has a pendant to 12 flowered inflorescence.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Malawi Orchids La Croix 1983; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;

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