Aerangis fastuosa – 365 days of orchids – day 1540

This miniature aerangis is a gorgeous species with thick, waxy, pure white flowers and dark green leaves.

Aerangis fastuosa means ‘the magnificent aerangis’ refering to the very large flowers for the very small plant – the rosette is just 7cm across. As you can just see in the side on photo (below), the flower has a very long spur (10cm) that contains the nectar. This feature is shared with most Aerangis and is an adaption for pollination by long tongued  hawk moths.

The species is endemic to Madagascar and is found as a twig epiphyte in evergreen forest from 1000 to 1500m altitude. The plant shown is a first flowering seedling in a 5.5cm pot and as it matures the flower number will increase. In Africa we have found a number of smaller aerangis species growing in deep shade and this habit makes them well suited to indoor culture. The plant grows with a minimum of 15C which seems to suit this species perfectly. The plant is growing in course bark and the top of the compost is sprayed most days with rainwater (and added weak feed).

We are pleased to have more aerangis seedlings in flask that will be available soon.


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