Aeranthes ramosa

Aeranthes ramosa

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.

It is part of the family Orchidaceae, subfamily Epidendroideae, tribe Vandeae, subtribe Angraecinae, genus Aeranthes.

Description:

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.

Origin:

Madagascar

Habitat:

Moist tropical forests, in humid and shady conditions.

Etymology:

Aeranthes: from the Greek aer (air) and anthos (flower)
Ramosa: from the Latin ramosus (branched)



Synonyms:

Aeranthes brevivaginans, Aeranthes membranacea, Aeranthes vespertilio

Care:

Temperature:

Diurnal: 15-25 °C
Nocturnal: 14-18 °C

Light:

Partial shade

Water:

Keep moist

Hygrometry:

80%

Substrate:

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.

Feed:

All year, every 2 waterings during growing period, every 3 waterings in winter

Repot:

In spring. Repotting should be done only when necessary and with great care: the roots are very fine and easily damaged.

Propagation:

Division:

Divide the plant when repotting.

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