Angraecum equitans – 365 days of orchids – day 1893

We grow a hundreds of wonderful miniature orchid species but amongst the most dramatic are members of the Angraecinae sub-tribe (or Angraecum family). Angraecinae includes 16 genera including Aerangis (Aerangis biloba below) and Angraecum, and almost all are native to Africa, Madagascar and nearby islands.

Although some Angraecum species are large plants, many are miniature plants with large flowers and todays species is a great example.

As you can see in the photo our Aerangis equitans is flowering in a 5.5cm pot with a 8cm leaf span and a flower almost as large as the plant. In common with most members of the Angraecinae the species is pollinated by Hawk Moths and so the flowers are white, strongly night scented and have a long spur for the nectar.

Angraecum equitans is a cool growing species from mossy mountain forests at around 2000m altitude and so the species is well suited to growing among our South American cloud forests species.



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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    Beautiful. Another one to add to my list Simon. Are we able to pollinate?