Aerangis mystacidii (Rchb. f.) Schltr.

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Aerangis mystacidii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Aerangis mystacidii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Aerangis mystacidii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Aerangis pachyura (Rolfe) Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Epiphytic herb. Leaves 2-8, oblanceolate to obovate, leathery or slightly fleshy. Inflorescences horizontal or pendent up to 30 cm with up to 24 flowers. Flowers white, pink tinged in the spur with the lateral sepals strongly reflexed. Spur usually 6-8 cm long, curved forwards. See A. appendiculata for comparison. This species can be very variable in size. This is apparently not always related to differences in habitat, as smaller and larger plants seem to retain their sizes when grown together in cultivation (La Croix, 1997).
Derivation of specific name: mystacidii: like a moustach, presumably referring to the shape of the of the lateral sepals
Habitat: Mostly in riverine forest, but also in evergreen forest and high rainfall woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Mar - May
Worldwide distribution: From Tanzania to South Africa and Swaziland.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 17 May 2006

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 128.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 49.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 21 - 24.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 250. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 130 - 131.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aerangis mystacidii., retrieved 31 May 2016

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