Aeranthes grandiflora

Source: Orchi

Aeranthes grandiflora

The genus Aeranthes belongs to the family Orchidaceae, subfamily Epidendroideae, tribe Vandeae and sub-tribe Angraecinae.

It contains 43 species, mostly from Madagascar. The type species is Aeranthes grandiflora.

They are characterized by translucent translucent green, white or yellow flowers.

Description:

Aeranthes are epiphytic orchids with fan shaped leaves on short stems.

The flowers hang from long and slender peduncles. They are translucent, green, white or yellow. The column has a conspicuous foot which ends in a spur to which the lip is attached. All the species have two porate pollinia, each borne on a separate stipe. The rostellum is cleft.

Origin:

Mainly Madagascar or neighboring islands, 2 species in Africa.

Habitat:

Tropical forests in deep shade

Etymology:

Aeranthes: from the Greek aer (air) and anthos (flower)

Care:

Temperature:

Varies depending on the species.

Light:

Shade

Substrate:

Water retentive substrate

Pots:

Hanging pots to accommodate the long inflorescences.

Species:

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