Chamaeangis odoratissima (Rchb. f.) Schltr.1918

Photo by Francisco Perez-Vera


Photo by Guy Ramette-Vovan of Gabon and his Gabon Orchids Website

Flower Specimen

Photo by Droissart V. and his Orchidaceae in Central Africa Website


Drawing by Bechtel, Cribb & Launert

FragranceFull shadeCoolTo Warm LATE Summer To Fall

Common Name The Fragrant Chamaeangis

Flower Size 1/16" [.3 cm]

Found in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Gabon, Zaire, Rwanda, Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing, monopodial epiphyte and occasional terrestrial [likely from fallen plants off trees] that likes shade on tree trunks and branches in tropical rainforests near riverways at elevations of 900 to 2100 meters with a woody, pendant stem with distichous, narrowly oblanceolate, very unequal and acutely bilobed apically with the shorter lobe often almost nonexistent, fleshy, olive green leaves from which arises in the late summer and fall on several, pendant, 10" [25 cm] long, densely many [50] flowered inflorescence with 2, 4 or 6, fragrant, green flowers that yellow with age arranged in many whorls up and down the inflorescence.

Synonyms *Angraecum odoratissimum Rchb. f. 1856; Angraecum urostachyum (Kraenzl.) Engl. 1908; Chamaeangis dewevrei (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918 ; Chamaeangis urostachya (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1915; Diaphananthe odoratissima (Rchb.f.) P.J.Cribb & Carlsward 2012; Listrostachys dewevrei De Wild. 1903; Listrostachys odoratissima (Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. 1880; Listrostachys pynaertii De Wild. 1906; Listrostachys urostachya Kraenzl. 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Angraecum odoratissimum; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo ok; Orchids of Malawi Vol 1 La Croix 1983 drrawing ok; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 photo ok; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Launert 1992 Drawing good; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo/drawing good; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing/photo fide; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #10 2019 as Diaphananthe odoratissima photo fide;