Aerangis verdickii (De Wild.) Schltr.
var. rusituensis (Fibeck & Dare) la Croix & P.J. Cribb

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Synonyms: Aerangis rusituensis Fibeck & Dare
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Status: Native
This variety is distinguished from var. verdickii by the somewhat larger flowers, longer inflorescences, less succulent, green leaves and different flowering time.
Notes: It is a handsome plant with large flowers and therefore threatened by collectors as well as encroaching agricultural activity.
Derivation of specific name: verdickii: named after Edgard Antoine Auguste Verdick, Belgian-born plant collector in Katanga.
Habitat: Occurring in mixed deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 800 m
Flowering time:May - June
Worldwide distribution: Confined to the Rusitu Valley in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3. As Aerangis rusituensis

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

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 391 - 393.

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. As Aerangis rusituensis

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aerangis verdickii var. rusituensis., retrieved 4 December 2022

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