365 days of orchids – day 181 – Angraecum magdalenae


This species from the mountains of central Madagascar is one of our most rewarding orchid species. The large waxy, pristine white flowers are wonderfully fragrant and currently fill its section with their intoxicating scent.

The plant’s natural habitat is in leaf litter amongst quartzite boulders but we find the species enjoys a mossy basket where its roots remain damp and cool. Most of our Angraecum species are warm growing but Angraecum magdalenae does best for us in Cool Asia (minimum 10C) where it is slowly growing into a real specimen and this year it has six flowers which contrast beautifully with the dark green leaves.

We have tried to produce seed from self pollination but been unsuccessful and so if anyone would like to exchange pollen we would be very happy to try for seed again. The flowers hold their nectar in long curved spurs suggesting pollination is by large moths.



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