African Plant Database

Aerangis kotschyana (Rchb. f.) Schltr.
Protologue : Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 118 (1918)
Information on the genus : Aerangis
Basionym : Angraecum kotschyanum Rchb. f.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Angraecum kotschyanum Rchb. f. (1864)
 Angraecum kotschyi Rchb. f. (1880)
 Aerangis kotschyi (Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. (1881)
 Rhaphidorhynchus kotschyi (Rchb. f.) Finet (1907)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Angraecum grantii Baker (1875)
=Aerangis grantii (Baker) Schltr. (1918)
=Angraecum semipedale Rendle (1895)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Robust epiphytic herb; stem usually short but can reach 20 cm length (old plants); roots stout, c. 7 mm Ø, very long; leaves 3-8(-20), distichous, dense, obovate, 6-20-30x2-8 cm, leathery to fleshy, dark green, apex unequally lobed, smaller lobe often absent, margins undulate; inflorescences pendent, 30-45 cm long, to 20-flowered; pedicel and ovary 2-3 cm long; flowers to 7 cm Ø, in 2 rows, white, tinged salmon-pink, scented; tepals oblanceolate, 1-2,8x0,7-0,8 cm; lip very wide in apical half and with 2 prominent crests on upper surface at mouth of spur; spur 13-24 cm long, pinkish, with several corkscrew-like twists below middle.
Ecology : Woodland; humid wooded grassland; forest beside rivers and lakes; rain-forest; coastal forest; often on trunks and lower branches of large old trees; 0-1500 m alt.
  A. x chirioana is a natural hybrid A. biloba x A. kotschyana (see above under that name).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Epiphyte- Ht up to 0.22 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]: 387
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Kew Bull. 34: 252-256 (1979) [1980]
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 114 (1995).
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see under Orchidées d'Afrique Centrale
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
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Record n°44750 modified 2015-09-17
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