Aerangis kotschyana (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1918

Photo by Lourens Grobler

FragrancePart shadeHot TO WarmFall and Winter

Common Name or Meaning Kotschy's Aerangis [German Collector in Sudan 1800's]

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.5 cm]

This hot to warm growing, epiphytic, medium sized orchid comes from Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Natal South Africa and south to Angola and Madagascar on smooth barked trees high in the canopy but still on large branches and trunks as well as old bushes and smaller trees in hot woodlands with seasonal high rainfalls or in hot, dry riverine areas occuring at altitudes of 200 to 1500 meters with short, stout stems carrying several distichous, oblong to obovate, coriaceous, broad and unequally bilobed apically, dark green leaf that is often mottled and has undulate margins that blooms in the fall and winter on a pendant, 12 to 18" [30 to 45 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with 8 to 20, fragrant gardenia scented , waxy flowers with a pinkish brown, corkscrew like spiral to the lower part of the pink spur. This species does best mounted in high humidity, moderate shade, warm to hot temperatures and a longer dry winter rest with increasing light to bring on the flowering.

Synonyms Aerangis grantii (Bateman ex Baker) Schltr. 1918; Aerangis kotschyi Rchb.f 1881; *Angraecum kotschyanum Rchb. f. 1864; Angraecum grantii Bateman ex Baker 1875; Angraecum kotschyi Rchb. f. 1880; Angraecum semipedale Rendle & Rolfe 1895; Rhaphidorhynchus kotschyi (Rchb. f.) Finet 1907

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