Angraecum teretifolium Ridl. 1885 SECTION Arachnangraecum

Photo by Fred Hillerman


Drawing by Lemeux

Partialsun Cool Spring

Common Name The Pencil-Like Leaf Angraecum

Flower Size 1/4 to 3/8" wide [.7 to .9 cm] - 1 1/4 to 2" [3.5 to 5 cm] wide

Found in the lichen rich, humid, central highlands of Madagascar at elevations of 1000 to 1300 meters as a medium sized, cool, pendant growing epiphyte and occasional terrestrial with a multi-branching, spidery, very thin, long stem enveloped by old leaf sheaths and carrying 10 to 15 terete, fairly dark green, hard, very acute leaves and blooms in the spring on a short, axilary, single flowered inflorescence with a broadly ovate, dorsally keeled bract.

Often confused with A linearifolium but this one differs in the lack of a strong keel on the lip as well as very narrow leaves that are well spaced along the stem.

Synonyms Angorchis teretifolia (Ridl.) Kuntze 1891; Arachnangraecum teretifolium (Ridl.) Szlach., Mytnik & Grochocka 2013; Monixus teretifolius (Ridl.) Finet 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 photo hmm; A Culture Manual for Angraecoid Orchid Growers Hillerman 1992 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide