African Plant Database

Aerangis confusa J. Stewart
Protologue : Kew Bull. 34(2): 273 (1979)
Information on the genus : Aerangis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Aerangis brachycarpa auct. J.Stewart, non Rchb.f., nec T.Durand & Schinz, sphalm.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic herb; stem to 10 cm long, erect or curved with the apical part erect and leafy; roots numerous, very long, flexuous; leaves 3-12, distichous, obovate-oblanceolate, 5-24x1,5-5,5 cm, widest near apex, leathery, with minute black dots, apex 2-lobed; inflorescences axillary, 4-10-flowered; peduncle to 10 cm long; rachis pale pinkish or greyish green, black-dotted; flowers greenish white becoming white; pedicel and ovary 2-6 cm long, pinkish; tepals lanceolate-elliptic, 1,5-2,5x0,3-0,8 cm, sepals curving forwards, petals strongly reflexed; lip elliptic-lanceolate, 1,5-2,3x0,5-0,7 cm; spur narrow, 4-6 cm long, pinkish.
Ecology : Forest, dry forest and bush, woodland; usually low down on small trees and bushes; in moderate shade; often on or near hills; 1600-2500 m alt. Sometimes growing with A. brachycarpa.
  Very difficult to distinguish from A. brachycarpa (with larger flowers, longer spurs) when not in flower.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1995). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Monocotyledones: Limnocharitaceae à Poaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 113
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 44744
Record n°44744
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