Angraecum distichum Lindl. 1836 SECTION Dolabrifolia [Pfitzer] Garay

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flowers Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

FragrantDeep shadeHot TO CoolSummer

Common Name or Meaning The 2-Rowed Angraecum refers to the ranking of the leaves opposite each other

Flower Size 1/4" [.6 cm]

Found in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Central African Republic, Gabon, Cameroon, Zaire, Rwanda, Uganda and Angola on large trees in rain forests as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool and humid growing, Lockhartia-like epiphyte from elevations of 200 [1400] to 1600 meters with leafy stems that form large clumps and carrying distichous, falcately oblong-elliptic, bilaterally compressed leaves that blooms on a very short, axillary, solitary flowered inflorescence with a long-lived, small, fragrant flower occuring in the summer on new leaves and most often more than one.

Cuttings can be made of side branches as they will root out quickly if potted in a standard bark mix with high humidity and fairly heavy shade.

Synonyms Aeranthes distichus (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1864; Angraecum imbricatum (Sw.) Schltr. 1918; Angraecum poppendickianum Szlach. & Olszewski 2001; Dolabrifolia disticha (Lindl.) Szlach. & Romowicz 2007; Dolabrifolia poppendickiana (Szlach. & Olszewski) Szlach. & Romowicz 2007; Epidorchis disticha (Lindl.] Kuntze 1891; Limodorum imbricatum Sw. 1805; Macroplectrum distichum (Lindl.) Finet 1907; Mystacidium distichum (Lindl.) Benth. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo Fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Macroplectrum distichum drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963 as Mystacidium distichum; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Die Orchideen #1 1-4 tafel 1&2 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo plant only; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing pollina only/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; Simon & Schuster's Guide to Orchids Fanfani & Rossi 1988; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 4 1991 photo; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 photo

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