African Plant Database

Aerangis montana J. Stewart
Protologue : Kew Bull. 34(2): 295 (1979)
Information on the genus : Aerangis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic, rarely lithophytic herb, often forming large tangled masses; stem 5-12 cm long, in old plants standing out horizontally from the support; roots numerous, 2-3 mm Ø; leaves 2-6, distichous, oblanceolate-ligulate, 10-18x2-2,5 cm, fleshy, apex 2-lobed, lobes rounded, 0,3-1 cm long; inflorescence borne below leaves, to 20 cm long, 4-10-flowered; peduncle to 5 cm long; rachis straight with short flower-bearing projections 3-5 mm above insertion of bracts; flowers spreading, white (pale green at first), saucer-shaped, c. 3,5 cm Ø, but spur, pedicel and base of tepals salmon-pink; pedicel and ovary curved, 1,5-2 cm long; tepals narrowly obovate, acute, 1,1-1,6x0,4-0,7 cm; lip ovate, 1,1-1,8x0,6-0,8 cm; spur curving forwards, 5-6 cm long.
Ecology : Forest; forest patches on plateaux; evergreen rain-forest; gully forest; often on tree trunks at low levels and lower branches, sometimes on lianes; “rooted” in mosses and lichens; rocky outcrop; usually in very deep shade; 1300-2450 m alt.
  Variable in shape of leaves: in deep shade longer and narrower.
  Has been confused with A. mystacidii both in the wild and in cultivation.
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see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 44772
Record n°44772 modified 2007-04-18
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