Aerangis articulata [Rchb.f] Schlechter 1914

Flower Closeup

Photos by Eric Hunt

FragrancePart shadeHot Cool Spring and Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Articulated Aerangis

Flower Size 1 1/4" to 2" [3 to 4 cm]

Found in Madagascar and the Comorros on trunks and major branches of forest trees at elevations of sealevel to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized hot to cool growing species with short, stout stems carrying several obovate or oblong-obovate, coriaceous, obliquely 2 lobed apically leaves that is quite showy when it blooms in the fall on an axillary, 9 to 18" [22.5 to 45 cm] pendant, racemose sometimes branched, stout inflorescence with up to 18 scented [Jasmine], long-lived, waxy flowers.

Needs to be mounted on cork or tree fern to best display the pendant inflorescence, given ample shade and high humidity as well as daily waterings through the spring and summer months then increase light and give slightly less through the fall and winter.

Synonyms Aerangis venusta Schltr. 1918; Aerangis calligera (Rchb.f.) Garay 1974; Angorchis articulata (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; *Angraecum articulatum Rchb.f 1872; Angraecum calligerum Rchb.f. 1887; Angraecum descendens Rchb.f 1882; Rhaphidorhynchus articulatus (Rchb. f.) Poiss. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 in error as A stylosa; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 drawing fide; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 8 1986 photo fide; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 Drawing/photo fide; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 as A calligera drawing/photo fide; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; A Culture Manual for Angraecoid Orchid Growers Hillerman 1992 as A calligeraphoto fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #3 1998 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #4 2006 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photos fide; ; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 2 2007 photo good; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #9 2014 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;