365 days of orchids – day 269 – Aerangis brachycarpa

This stunning species is native to East Africa from Ethiopia through Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and south to Zambia and Angola. It is found in highland forests (1500-2300m) in deep shade on tree trunks.

The plants are quite stout for Aerangis and this plant that we de-flasked in 2005 has taken twelve years to reach its current size.  The photo below shows it along with Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta (day 59) which is a much smaller thing all round.

As you can see from the photo our plant of Aerangis luteo-alba rhodosticta is flowering again and even better than in February. Aerangis is a spectacular genus and I am delighted that we have several species in flask for those looking to buy seedlings which will be ready in about a year.


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