African Plant Database

Aerangis kirkii (Rchb. f.) Schltr.
Protologue : Orchideen 599 (1914)
Information on the genus : Aerangis
Basionym : Angraecum bilobum var. kirkii Rchb. f.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Angraecum apiculatum var. kirkii (Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. (1885)
 Angraecum kirkii (Rchb. f.) Rolfe (1897)
 Aerangis biloba var. kirkii (Rchb. f.) Hawkes (1965)
 Angraecum bilobum var. kirkii Rchb. f. (1882)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphtic herb; stem woody, 1-5 cm long, covered in old overlapping leaf bases; roots numerous, fine; leaves 2-7, forming a fan, in one plane, oblanceolate, to 15x3 cm, leathery, distinctive dark green or greyish green with darker reticulation, apex unequally 2-lobed; inflorescences borne below the leaves, to 17 cm long, 2-6-flowered, the apical flower opening first and larger than the rest; pedicel and ovary 1,8-2,5 cm long; tepals white, lanceolate, usually tinged pink, 1,6-2,5x0,5-0,7 cm, acuminate; lip oblong, 1,6-2x0,7-0,8 cm; spur 6-7,5 cm long, pendent.
Ecology : Coastal bush; riverine forest; usually in dense shade, on small trees and bushes; 0-450 m alt.
  Flowers similar to those of A. gravenreuthii, but leaves very different.
  Cultivated for its beautiful flowers and foliage (Orchids 73: l.c.).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Epiphyte- Ht up to 0.2 states: KN

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 386-387

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Kew Bull. 34: 267-271 (1979) [1980]
  • 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: 114
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Mozambique
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Record n°44748 modified 2015-09-17
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