Aerangis verdickii- 365 days of orchids – day 1416

Today it is the turn of one of our favourite African species. Aerangis verdickii is found right across central and east Africa where it grows in woodland and copes with seasonal dry periods by storing water in its thick roots which form an extensive root system over time. It has grey green, waxy leaves also evolved to reduce water loss. In common with other Aerangis species, Aerangis verdickii is moth pollinated and has a long spur with nectar just in the tip. In verdickii the spurs are 16cm long and gently curved.

We have seen the species in Rwanda showing how it copes with a dry climate (see photo below) on a tree in the capital Kigali.

We do have a large number of seedlings of this species in out laboratory and will be sharing these with our partners in Rwanda for their school experiments next year.

We grow the species in Warm Asia hanging in the roof where it receives good light, high temperatures and dries quickly after watering.


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