Aeranthes orophila Toill.-Gen. 1959

TYPE Photo by Jean Bosser

Full shade ColdLATER SpringSummer MID Fall

Common Name The Mountain Loving Aeranthes

Flower Size 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm]

Found in northern and central Madagascar in humid, mossy forests at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a short stem, usually several stems together, enveloped completely by the leaf sheaths, grass-like, attenuate at both ends, canaliculate, sometimes falcate leaves that blooms in the later spring, summer and mid fall on several, peduncle thread-like, provided with 4 to 7 brown sheaths, covering the nodes at the base and shorter above, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans. Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2006; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans Cambell 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide;