Aerangis biloba – 365 days of orchids – day 1730

We are enjoying some lovely aerangis species this Autumn and the first flowering of the Aerangis biloba seedling (two years out of flask) has been a lovely surprise this morning.

Aerangis biloba is the Aerangis we find the easiest to succeed with. It is a species from Central and West Africa where it grows in deep shade in woodland up to 700m altitude. The large leaves are a deep green again indicating a plant that enjoys low light levels. The name refers to the unequally bilobed leaves ( a character it actually shares with many Aerangis species).

Most aerangis are compact plants that produce impressive flowers and look particularly arresting when grown mounted to show off the lovely roots and generally pendulous habit, we would not be without our Aerangis species.

The flowers have relatively short spurs (just 3-4cm) that contain the nectar for pollinating moths and plants are very free flowering. We find that this species is easy to grow from seed and de-flasks well straight onto mounts.

We will have more Aerangis seedlings available for sale soon.


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