African Plant Database


Aerangis splendida J. Stewart & La Croix
Family : ORCHIDACEAE
Protologue : Kew Bull. 42(1): 215 (1987)
Information on the genus : Aerangis
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic herb; stem woody, to 20 cm long; roots long, 4-6 mm Ø; leaves 3-8, distichous, pendent, oblanceolate or obovate, 12-30x5-8 cm, glossy green, leathery, apex unequally 2-lobed, lobes rounded; inflorescences pendent, to 30 cm long, laxly 2-7-flowered; flowers large, white, in 2 rows; pedicel and ovary 6-8 cm long; tepals lanceolate, ovate, acuminate, 3,5-5x0,8-1,2 cm, reflexed; lip deflexed, basal part obovate 4-4,5x0,1-1,4 cm, narrowing abruptly to a slender acumen 1-1,5 cm long; spur 20-25 cm long, slender, loosely coiled at middle.
Ecology : Evergreen forest; often near rivers; in deep shade; at rather low level on tree trunks and larger branches, lianes; 1000-1500 m alt.
  Threatened in S Malawi (known from very few sites), where it was first collected (in 1964), and originally misidentified as A. kotschyana (la Croix, 2014a: 120).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 390-391
 
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
 
Map
carte afrique num 44760
 
Record n°44760 modified 2007-04-18
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