Aeranthes africana J.L. Stewart

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Synonyms: Aeranthes Sp. no. 1 of Grosvenor in Excelsa 6: 78 (1976)
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Status: Rare
A small epiphyte with single flowers per inflorescence. When not in flower the plants are hardly noticeable as the leaves closely resemble those of the host tree.
Notes: It has no real horticultural value but because of its rarity is still seriously threatened by unscrupulous collectors and listed as Endangered.
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: Growing on Podocarpus latifolius trees in mist belt montane forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1670 m (approx)
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Only found in the Vumba Mountains.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Endangered
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Images last updated: Wednesday 12 October 2005

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 40 - 41. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 166.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 78. As Aeranthes sp. no. 1

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) Pages 367 - 368. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 128.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 94.

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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: Species information: Aeranthes africana., retrieved 20 May 2024

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