Aerangis brachycarpa – 365 days of orchids – day 1065


I mentioned last Thursday that we have lots of Aerangis in flower at the moment and here is one of them. 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 fourteen years to reach its current size but now flowers regularly with multiple long elegant spikes.

We find that Aerangis species are particularly easy from seed especially the potentially tricky de-flasking stage. Fortunately, lots of the species are much quicker flowering from flask than Aerangis brachycarpa and we will feature one of them (Aerangis biloba) later in the week.

 Aerangis seedling in our lab.


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