African Plant Database

Aerangis mystacidii (Rchb. f.) Schltr.
Protologue : Orchis 11: 17 (1917)
Information on the genus : Aerangis
Basionym : Angraecum mystacidii Rchb. f.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Angraecum mystacidii Rchb. f. (1847)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Angraecum saundersiae Bolus (1888)
=Angraecum pachyurum Rolfe (1897)
=Aerangis pachyura (Rolfe) Schltr. (1918)
=Aerangis mystacidioides Schltr. (1915)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic herb; stem woody, to 4-10 cm long; roots numerous, greyish, 2-3 mm Ø; leaves 4-8, distichous, oblanceolate or shortly ovate, 4-15-25x1,5-5 cm, somewhat oblique, venation conspicuous, apex 2-lobed; inflorescences pendent, borne below leaves, to 30 cm long, 4-15-24-flowered; peduncle to 6 cm long; rachis straight; flowers white; pedicel and ovary 1-2 cm long; tepals oblong, 0,7-1,3x0,2-0,4 cm, strongly reflexed; lip (ovate-)oblong, 0,7-1,2x0,3-0,5 cm; spur pinkish or light brown, curving forwards, 6,5-9 cm long.
Ecology : Forest; riverine forest; evergreen forest; high rainfall woodland; Brachystegia woodland; on cypress tree in township; can occur profusely on small twigs overhanging water; rarely epilithic; at low levels, in deep shade; 0-1800 m alt.
  Very variable in size of leaves and flowers. Can be confused with A. appendiculata.
  Very easily grown; showy plant although small. "In cultivation, often mistaken for A. montana and the white-flowered form of A. mooreana, perhaps a result of wishful thinking" (la Croix, 2014a: 114).
  S. Africa, Swaziland.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Epiphyte- Ht up to 0.18 m. Alt: 61 - 610 m. Distribution: EC, KN, LP, MP

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 388-389

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. Africa 45: t.1839 (1979).
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 114 (1995).
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 427-428 (1999).
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Record n°44741 modified 2007-04-18
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