Angraecum eburneum

Angraecum eburneum
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Angraecum eburneum is a tall orchid of up to 2 m height.

The white and green flowers spread a nice and strong perfume at night.

This orchid needs a high hygrometry and should be grown in a heated or temperate greenhouse.

Angraecum eburneum belongs to the family Orchidaceae, subfamily Epidendroideae, tribe Vandeae, sub-tribe Angraecinae, genus Angraecum.

Description:

Angraecum eburneum a lithophytic or epiphytic, monopodial orchid. It has no pseudobulbs. Usually more than 1 m, sometimes up to 2 m high.

The petiole is long, thick, covered by the leaf base, up to 1.3 m in length and 25 mm in diameter. The leaf is persistent, leathery, liguled and bilobed. There are up to 15 leaves per shoot. The leaf is up to 60 cm long and 7 cm wide.

The inflorescence is about 45 cm tall, drooping and wears a 10-15 flowers, sometimes up to 30 flowers. The flower is 7.5 cm, with white and bright green petals. They spread at night a strong and pleasant fragrance. Flowering takes place in autumn or beginning of the winter and lasts several months.

Nomenclature:

Common name:

Comet orchid

Synonyms:

Angorchis eburnea, Angraecum eburneum subsp. eburneum, Angraecum eburneum var. virens, Angraecum virens, Limodorum eburneum

Etymology:

Angraecum: angrek or angurek, a Malay word for orchid
Eburneum: from the Latin eburneus (from ivory, white as ivory)

Origin:

Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Reunion, Mauritius, Kenya, Tanzania

Habitat:

Rocks and trees, 0-1,200 m height



Hardiness:

USDA zone 12-13

Care:

Substrate:

Mixture for epiphytes: 2/3 bark, 1/3 coco peat

Pot:

Use a clay pot as ballast as the plant is large and heavy

Light:

Needs a lot of diffused light to flower

Temperature:

16-28 °C

Water:

Keep the substrate moist

Hygrometry:

Minimum 80 %

Fertilizer:

Add orchid fertilizer at each watering and each 2 waterings in winter.

Repotting:

Every 3-4 years to disturb the roots as little as possible.

Propagation:

By division of lateral shoots

Image sources

  • Angraecum eburneum: Own work

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