Rangaeris amaniensis (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1949 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Ben Berliner and Willow Pond Orchids

Fragrance Part sunCool to Hot Spring

Common Name The Amani Rangaeris [Tanzannian town]

Flower Size 1/4" to 3/8" [5 to 10mm]

A medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte found in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe in woodlands with high rainfall, in evergreen forests or occasionally on rocks in large colonies at elevations of 750 to 2600 meters that is similar in culture to Angraecum with woody, sometimes branched stems enveloped basally by old leaf bases and carrying, numerous, distichous, narrowly oblong or strap shaped, unequally and roundly bilobed apically leaves that has fragrant flowers that occur in the spring and summer on a basal to axillary, pendant, 2 to 4 " [to 7 cm] long, racemose, suberect, fractiflex inflorescence with a few to several [5 to 13], fragrant flowers. This species is best raised in humid, moderatly shaded warm to cool conditions with a cooler and drier rest.

Synonyms Angraecum cufodontii (Chiov.) Chiov. ex Chiarugi 1951; Cyrtorchis cufodontii Chiov. 1939; Leptocentrum amaniense (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; *Listrostachys amaniensis Kraenzl. 1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 3 1970 photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 9 1993 photo; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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