!Aerangis brachycarpa (A.Rich.) Durand & Schinz 1894

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Deep shadeWarmCool Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Short Seed Pod Aerangis

Flower Size 3/4 to 1.8" [2 to 4.5 cm]

Found in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Malawi and Zambia in highland forests in deep shade low down on tree trunks and branches at elevations of 1500 to 2300 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a woody, erect to pendant stem carrying 4 to 12, obovate to spatulate, unequally bilobed apically, dark green often black spotted leaves that blooms in fall on an axillary, arching to pendant, terete, racemose, to 16" [40 cm] long, 2 to 12 flowered, slightly fractiflex inflorescence carrying vanilla to jasmine scented flowers.

Synonyms Aerangis carusiana (Severino) Garay 1972; Aerangis flabellifolia Rchb.f. 1865; Aerangis rohlfsiana (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; Angorchis flabellifolia (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Angraecum brachycarpum (A.Rich.) Rchb.f. 1852; Angraecum carusianum Severino 1916; Angraecum flabellifolium (Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1897; Angraecum rohlfsianum Kraenzl.1882; *Dendrobium brachycarpum A.Rich. 1850; Rhaphidorhynchus rohlfsianus (Kraenzl.) Finet 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1890 as Angraecum rohlfsianum drawing fide; Malawi Orchids Vol 1 La Croix 1983; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 7 1984 photo fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; A Culture Manual for Angraecoid Orchid Growers Hillerman 1992 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the wild and cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing good; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 OrchidaceaePart 2 Pope 1998; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #4 2006 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 No 1 2008 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo good; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016