Aeranthes arachnites [Thou.] Lindl. 1824 Photo by Patricia Harding

Drawing Drawing by Tom & Marion Sheehan

FragrancePart shadeHotSummer and Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Spider Aeranthes

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This small sized, hot growing, epiphytic species is found on the island of Reunion and Madagascar and has a short stem carrying several, ligulate, pale green leaves that are apically, unevenly bilobed and blooms on a to 8" [20 cm] long, pendant, sucessively single flowered, raceme with a few, fragrant flowers occuring in the summer and fall.

Synonyms Aeranthes grandiflora Lindl. 1833; *Dendrobium arachnites Thouars 1822

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Dendrobium arachnites drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 8 1978 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 9 1979 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing ok; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1981; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006