Angraecum superbum Thouars 1822 SECTION Angraecum Photo by Jean Claude George


Common Name The Magnificent Angraecum

Flower Size 3 1/2" [8.75 cm]

A hot growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte that occurs in hot damp tropical woods on the east side of Madagascar as well as eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands at elevations below 400 meters. This orchid needs Cattleya like light levels to stimulate blooming which occurs in the fall and early winter on axillary, 4' [120 cm] long, stout, densly many flowered racemes that can be as long or longer than the leaves carrying many nocturnal, long-lasting, waxy, fragrant flowers that occur after heavy summer fertilizing.

Synonyms Aerobion superbum Sprgl. 1826; Angorchis brongniartiana O. Ktze. 1891; Angorchis superba (Thouars) Kuntze 1891; Angraecum brongniartianum Rchb.f 1854; Angraecum comorense Kraenzl 1892; Angraecum comoroense Hort.; Angraecum eburneum var. brongniartianum (Rchb. f. ex Linden) Schltr. 1913; Angraecum eburneum Bory subsp. superbum (Thouars) H. Perrier 1941; Angraecum eburneum Bory var superbum (Thouars)Hawkes 1965; Angraecum voeltzkowianum Kraenzl. 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 drawing fide; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as A brongniartianum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as A eburneum var superbum; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as A eburneum ssp superbum drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 5 1962 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 Angraecum eburneum var superbum; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as A comorense photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 9 1981 photo; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982 as Angraecum eburneum var superbum; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1982 as Angraecum eburneum var superbum; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 as A eburneum ssp superbum photo ok; An Introduction to the Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 as A comorense; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995 as Angraecum eburneum ssp superbum; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash and La Croix 2005 as Angraecum eburneum ssp superbum; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 as Angraecum eburneum ssp superbum; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 as A eburneum ssp superbum; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide as A eburneum subsp superbum