Angraecum leonis [Rchb.f]Veitch 1891 SECTION Humblotiangraecum Photos courtesy of Oak Hill Gardens and Their Website

Plant and Flower

Photos courtesy of Igor Zhuravlev

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Shawn Bird

FragrantPartialsun Hot Cool Spring THROUGHFall

Common Name or Meaning Leon's Angraecum [Leon Humblot - French Orchid Collector in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands 1800's]

Flower Size 3" long 2 to 3" in Diameter [7.5 x 5 to 7.5 cm]

Found in the Comoros Islands as a medium sized, hot to cool growing fan-shaped epiphyte at an altitude of 200 to 1200 meters on the island of Madagascar with a short, stout stem carrying 4 to 5, distichous, narrowly ensiform, spreading, falcate, flattened, fleshy-coriaceous leaves that blooms in the winter on 1 to 2, axillary, erect or suberect, stout, bracteate, shorter inflorescence arising from the second or third leaf base, with 1 to 7, fragrant, long-lasting flowers.

I grow mine in a wood slat basket with fenrock as a medium, and with bright semi-direct light, frequent spring-summer waterings and a drier winter.

Synonyms *Aeranthes leonis Rchb.f 1885; Aeranthus leonis Rchb.f; Angraecum humblotii Rchb.f 1885; Angraecum leonii [Rchb.f]Andre` 1885; Macroplectrum humblotii Finet 1907; Macroplectrum leonis [Rchb.f] Finet 1907; *Mystacidium leonis Rolfe 1904

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Macroplectron leonis drawing good; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1981; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 4 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1982; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing/photo fide; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 7 1992 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 9 1993 photo; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Boletim CAOB #52 2003; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 no 9 2004 photo; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide

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