Chamaeangis vesicata (Lindl.) Schltr. 1918

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers

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

FragranceFull shadeCoolSpringFall

Common Name The Bladder Chamaeangis [refers to the swollen apice of the spur]

Flower Size 1/8" [.6 cm]

Found in Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Zaire, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania as a miniature sized, pendant, cool growing epiphyte requiring high humidity and shade in riverine and submontane forests at elevations of 1100 to 1800 meters with a 4" long arching to pendant stem carrying dull bluish-green, linear to falcate, curved, leathery or fleshy, unequally and acutely bilobed apically leaves from which arises in the spring and fall on an axillary, pendant, 16" [40 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with sweetly fragrant, fleshy paired flowers.

Synonyms Angorchis vesicata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891 ; *Angraecum vesicatum Lindl. 1843; Chamaeangis kloetzlianum Szlach. & Olszewski 2001; Chamaeangis vesicata var. kloetzliana (Szlach. & Olszewski) R.Rice 2005; Diaphananthe vesicata (Lindl.) P.J.Cribb & Carlsward 2012; Listrostachys vesicata (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchid Digest Vol 57 No 1 1993 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 as C kloetzliana; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo good