Aerangis mystacidii (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1917

Inflorescence and Plant

Photos by Ben Berliner and Willow Pond Orchids.

FragrancePart shadeHot TO CoolSummer and Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Mystacidium-like Aerangis

Flower Size 1 1/4" [2.3cm]

This minature, epiphytic species is found in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia in riverine forests, in gorges and along streams on small twigs overhanging water as well as evergreen or woodland forests away from water with high rainfall at elevations of 60 to 1800 meters with short to 4" [10 cm] long carrying 2 to 8 oblanceolate to obovate, leathery to slightly fleshy, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms with a arching to pendant, 12" [30cm] long, inflorescence that carries from 3 to 25, nocturnally fragrant [lily of the valley] flowers occuring in the summer and fall and is best cork mounted with cool to hot temperatures, moderate shade, high humidity in the growing season and a cooler drier rest.

Synonyms Aerangis mystacidioides Schltr. 1915 ; Aerangis pachyura Schlechter 1918; *Angraecum mystacidii Rchb. f. 1847; Angraecum pachyurum Rolfe 1813; Angraecum saundersiae Bolus 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; An Introduction to the South Africa Orchids Schelpe 1966; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970 as A pachyura; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo ok; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo good; Malawi Orchds Vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing capsule only; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #4 2006 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016