It contains 43 species, mostly from Madagascar. The type species is Aeranthes grandiflora.
They are characterized by translucent translucent green, white or yellow flowers.
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.
Mainly Madagascar or neighboring islands, 2 species in Africa.
Tropical forests in deep shade
Aeranthes: from the Greek aer (air) and anthos (flower)
Varies depending on the species.
Water retentive substrate
Hanging pots to accommodate the long inflorescences.