African Plant Database

Aeranthes africana J. Stewart
Protologue : Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 47(8): 720 (1978)
Information on the genus : Aeranthes
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Dwarf epiphytic herb; stem woody, 2-4 cm long; leaves several, distichous, linear to ligulate, 4-7x0,4-0,8 cm, leathery, articulated above the sheathing base; inflorescence of the same length as leaves, 1-flowered; peduncle 3-5 mm long; flowers whitish; tepals ovate, acuminate, 4-8x2-4 mm; lip diamond-shaped, 4x3 mm; spur 3 mm long, straight.
Ecology : Riverine forest, usually in mid-canopy, in deep shade; low alt.
  Closely resembling Madagascan plants which key out to A. ramosa Rolfe, a polymorphic species in need of further investigation (Fl. Zambes., l.c.).
  Known only from the Honde Valley, E Zimbabwe. Discovered in 1983, then brought into cultivation; flowered 7 years later (described in 1990).
  Honde Valley, E Zimbabwe

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 368
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Record n°46802 modified 2007-04-18
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