African Plant Database

Aerangis biloba (Lindl.) Schltr.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 598 (1915) 
Information on the genus : Aerangis
Basionym : Angraecum bilobum Lindl.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Angraecum bilobum Lindl. (1840)
 Rhaphidorhynchus bilobus (Lindl.) Finet
 Angorchis biloba (Lindl.) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Angraecum campyloplectron Rchb. f. (1855)
=Angraecum apiculatum Hook. (1845)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic herb; stem short but occasionally 20 cm long; roots long, stout; leaves 4-10, obovate, to 18x3-6 cm, distichous, dark green with black dots, apex obtusely 2-lobed; inflorescences pendent, 10-40 cm long, 8-10-flowered; pedicel and ovary 2-3 cm long; flowers white; tepals spreading, narrowly lanceolate, acute, 1,2-2,5x0,5 cm; lip oblanceolate, 1,5-2,5x0,7 cm, deflexed, cuspidate; spur pinkish, 5-6 cm long, straight to ± curved; fragrant at night. "The apical flower usually opens first and is the largest on the raceme" (la Croix 2014a: 56).
Ecology : Gallery forest often on Irvingia gabonensis, I. wombulu; forest; woodland, thicket; often on plantation crops, e.g. cocoa, oil-palm, coffee, and village trees; often on forest undergrowth; 0-1000-2400 m alt.
  Introduced to Europe from Ghana before 1840, and is probably the first Aerangis sp. to be cultivated. Easy to grow, flowers regularly. Very showy, flowers long-lasting. A. x chirionana Bellone & Chiron is a natural hybrid with A. kotschyana.
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see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Orchidées d'Afrique Centrale
carte afrique num 44763
Record n°44763 modified 2007-04-05
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