Aerangis calantha (Schltr.) Schltr. 1918

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and flowers in situ Cameroon

Closeup of Plant and flowers in situ Cameroon

Photos by Vincent Droissart

Deep shadeHot WarmSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Beautifully Blooming Aerangis

Flower Size 3/4" [2.1 cm]

Found in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Zaire, Tanzania, Uganda and Angola in primary forest in deep shade on small twigs and branches at elevations of 100 to 1650 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphtye with a very short, woody stem carrying 2 to 6, 2 ranked, linear, often falcate, dark green with a few black dots, unequally and shortly bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary or below the leaves, spreading to pendant, to 4.8" [12 cm] long, 2 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Aerangis parvula Schltr. 1919; Aerangis roseocalcarata (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918; Aerangis sankuruensis (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918; *Angraecum calanthum Schltr. 1905; Angraecum roseocalcaratum De Wild 1916; Angraecum sankuruense De Wild.1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 drawing good; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996; African Orchids in the wild and cultivation La Croix 1997; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/Drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #4 2006 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo fide;