Aerangis somalensis (Schltr.) Schltr.

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Synonyms: Angraecum somalense Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Epiphytic herb. Leaves 2-6, fleshy, obovate to almost round, grey-green to purple-green. Inflorescence 10-20 cm long, up to 15-flowered. Flowers white, sometimes pink-tinged, c. 2.5 cm in diameter. Spur 10-15 cm long, straight or slightly curved.
Derivation of specific name: somalensis: of Somalia, although the type was possibly collected in Ethiopia.
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 m (approx)
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: In Zimbabwe, it has a very limited distribution, recorded only from the Goromonzi District near Marondera.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 314.

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

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 390.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 252. (Includes a picture).

Stewart, J. (1979). A Revision of the African Species of Aerangis (Orchidaceae) Kew Bulletin 34(2) Pages 261 - 263. (Includes a picture).


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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 somalensis., retrieved 25 October 2016

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