African Plant Database

Aerangis coriacea Summerh.
Protologue : Gard. Chron. Ser. III. cxxxi. 96. Ser. 3 (1952)
Information on the genus : Aerangis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Large epiphyte, often in small groups of 4-5; stem stout, woody, to 40 cm long, erect or prostrate, closely leafy above, with old leaf bases in lower part; roots stout, greyish; leaves several, distichous, oblanceolate-ligulate, to 22x2-4,5 cm, fleshy, dark green with markedly reticulate venation, apex unequally 2-lobed, the longer 1 cm long, margins undulate; inflorescences arching, to 40 cm long, 4-22-flowered; peduncle to 15 cm long; flowers white tinged rose-pink or green; pedicel and ovary 2-3 cm long; tepals lanceolate-elliptic, 1,3-2x0,7-1 cm; lip deflexed, lanceolate, 1,4-1,8x0,6-1 cm, margins recurved; spur pendulous, flexuous, widened in apical half, 11-17 cm long, curved.
Ecology : Forest, often near rivers, in heavy shade; usually rather low down on tree trunks and large branches; 1300-2300 m alt. Sometimes found together with A. thomsonii.
  Uncommon in cultivation, requiring cool growing conditions.

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
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carte afrique num 44745
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