!Aeranthes grandiflorus Lindley 1824

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Common Name or Meaning The Giant-Flowered Aeranthes

Flower Size 8" [20 cm]

Found in Madagascar at altitudes up to 1200 meters in humid rainforests from the coast to the central plateau, as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a very short stem and 5 to 7 distichous, narrowly oblong, coriaceous, unequally bilobed apically, broad leaves and has bizarre flowers that emerge in the winter through late spring from an axillary, 4" to 4' [10 to 120 cm] long, pendant spikes with sheaths covering the peduncle, and have 1 to 2, large, fragrant, long-lasting flowers at the apex.

Never cut the inflorescence off as they keep reblooming even if it seems dead.

Synonyms Aeranthes brachycentron Regel 1891; Angraecum grandiflorum hort. 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 1 1958 as Aerangis grandiflora drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 3 1970 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 8 1978 photo fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing fide; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 drawing/photo fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo good; A Culture Manual for Angraecoid Orchid Growers Hillerman 1992 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 6 1999 photo; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 2 2005 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 1 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 7 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 8 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; fide; Orchideen Series C Band 74 Thiv & Worz 2012 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 drawing fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;