African Plant Database

Aerangis arachnopus (Rchb. f.) Schltr.
Protologue : Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 113 (1918)
Information on the genus : Aerangis
Basionym : Angraecum arachnopus Rchb. f.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Angraecum arachnopus Rchb. f. (1854)
 Angorkis arachnopus (Rchb. f.) Kuntze
 Angorchis arachnopus (Rchb. f.) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Angraecum batesii Rolfe (1897)
=Rhaphidorhynchus batesii (Rolfe) Finet (1907)
=Aerangis batesii (Rolfe) Schltr. (1915)
=Angraecum biloboides De Wild. (1903)
=Aerangis biloboides (De Wild.) Schltr. (1918)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic herb; stem to 12 cm long; roots fine, long, straight, grey; leaves 4-9, lying in one plane, obovate to oblanceolate, 14x4,5 cm, leathery, sometimes dotted with black, apex obtusely 2-lobed; inflorescences pendent, very slender, to 60 cm long, 4-8-15-flowered, rachis ± zigzag; peduncle to 30 cm long, pinkish; pedicel and ovary 4 cm long, salmon-pink; flowers white, spidery, strongly tinged pink towards tips of tepals, or pale pink; tepals narrowly lanceolate, c. 2,2x0,3-0,4 cm; lip 2,5x0,4 cm, deflexed; spur 6-7 cm long, L-shaped.
Ecology : Gallery forest, wet rain-forest, on twigs and branches; seen to grow 20 m above ground; on old Theobroma and Citrus trees in abandoned gardens etc.; in deep to moderate shade; 400-1000 m alt
  Record given by Tisserant (Cat. fl. Oubangi-Chari, 1950) is probably A. collum-cygni according to Cribb & Fay in Kew Bull. 42: 736, 1987.
  The type specimen is said to come from Ghana, but never found there since: “introduced through Consul Schiller in 1854” (specimens Schiller s.n. in herb. Reichenbach, Nos 39278, 39279, 39280 holotype W).
  Not common in cultivation.
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Record n°44766 modified 2007-04-05
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