Angraecum expansum Thouars 1822 SECTION Arachnangraecum Photo by © Rogier van Vugt and his Reunion Website
Plant and Flowers in situ Reunion Photo by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website
Common Name The Expanded Angraecum [English Orchid Collector in Madagascar 1800's]
Flower Size 1.8" [4.8 cm]
Found in Reunion in mesothermic forests at elevations of 800 to 2000 meters as a warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect to curved, simple to branched, basally rooting stem carrying towards the apex of the stem, rigid, dark green, lanceolate, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, slender, single flowered [although there is always an aborted second one that never arises from the bract] inflorescence.
Synonyms Aeranthes expansa (Thouars) S.Moore 1877; Aerobion expansum (Thouars) Spreng. 1826; Angraecum expansum subsp. inflatum Cordem.?; Epidorchis expansa (Thouars) Kuntze 1891
References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Brieger etal 1986 as Aeranthes expansus; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006