Aeranthes ramosa is an orchid with delicate translucent green flowers that look like they are floating in the air, hanging from very long stalks below the plant.
As they need a high level of humidity and some heat, they are better suited for a warm greenhouse than indoors.
Aeranthes ramosa is an epiphytic orchid with fan shaped leaf growth on short stems of 20-40 cm height.
Leaves are elliptic, lobed at the apex. There are up to 7 leaves per shoot, up to 25 cm long and 5 cm wide.
The flower is translucent, light green, on slim and long peduncles of up to 1 m length, suspended below the plant. The column has a conspicuous foot, ending in a spur (2 cm) to which the lip is attached. There are 2 pollinia, each on a separate stipe. There are 5-9 flowers and they are 5-7 cm wide.
The flowers emit a perfume at night.
Flowering takes place in summer or autumn and lasts 2-4 weeks.
Moist tropical forests, in humid and shady conditions.
Aeranthes: from the Greek aer (air) and anthos (flower)
Ramosa: from the Latin ramosus (branched)
Aeranthes brevivaginans, Aeranthes membranacea, Aeranthes vespertilio
Diurnal: 15-25 °C
Nocturnal: 14-18 °C
Moist retaining, such as sphagnum moss, tree fern fibers or coarse bark chips. Prefer hanging pots since the flowers hang below the plant. Or mounted on a slab.
All year, every 2 waterings during growing period, every 3 waterings in winter
In spring. Repotting should be done only when necessary and with great care: the roots are very fine and easily damaged.
Divide the plant when repotting.