FZ.40. Aerangis Rchb. f.

Stewart, J. (1979) A Revision of the African Species of Aerangis (Orchidaceae) Kew Bulletin 34(2) 239-319

Description of the genus

Epiphytic herbs. Stem usually unbranched covered with remains of overlapping leaf bases. Leaves distichous, usually oblanceolate, fleshy or coriaceous, often with reticulate venation, unequally 2-lobed at apex. Inflorescence lateral, racemose, few- to many-flowered. Flowers white, sometimes tinged with green, brown or pink. Sepals and petals free. Lip entire, often similar to sepals and petals; base with a long spur. Column often narrow towards base, enlarged at level of stigma; pollinia 2; stipes 1.

Derivation of name: Aer (Gr); angis (Gr), meaning air-vessel, probably referring to the long hollow spurs.

Worldwide: c. 60 in tropical and South Africa, one extending to Sri Lanka

Zimbabwe: 6 taxa.

Aerangis mystacidii

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
appendiculata (De Wild) Schltr.EDescription, Image
kotschyana (Rchb. f.) Schltr.[EN]N,EDescription, Image
mystacidii (Rchb. f.) Schltr.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
somalensis (Schltr.) Schltr.N,CDescription
verdickii (De Wild.) Schltr. var. verdickii N,C,E,SDescription, Image
verdickii (De Wild.) Schltr. var. rusituensis (Fibeck & Dare) la Croix & P.J. Cribb[End][CR]EDescription

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Other sources of information about Aerangis:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Aerangis
Flora of Malawi: Aerangis
Flora of Mozambique: Aerangis
Flora of Zambia: Aerangis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aerangis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aerangis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aerangis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aerangis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Aerangis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aerangis
JSTOR Plant Science: Aerangis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aerangis
Plants of the World Online: Aerangis
Tropicos: Aerangis
Wikipedia: Aerangis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Aerangis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=440, retrieved 20 May 2024

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