Angraecum gabonense Summerh. 1954 SECTION Pectinaria [Benth.] Schlechter

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flower in situ Cameroons Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Fragrant Deep shadeCoolSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Gabon Angraecum

Flower Size 3/4" [1.85 cm]

A small to medium sized, cool growing epiphytic species found in Gabon and Zaire in virgin rainforests at elevations around 1350 meters with a tufted, slender, branching stem carrying many, distichous, fleshy, linear-lanceolate, to oblong-lanceolate, apically subulate-acuminate, broad leaves that blooms in the spring on a short, single flowered inflorescence.

This species grows in fairly heavy shade, needing high humidity and cool conditions.

Similar to A. distichum but differs in having narrower linear-lanceolate and acuminate leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing pollina only; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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