Angraecum distichum Lindl. 1835 SECTION Dolabrifolia [Pfitzer] Garay

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Eric Hunt

FragrantDeep shadeHot TO CoolSummer

Common Name or Meaning The 2-Rowed Angraecum refers to the ranking of the leaves opposite each other

Flower Size 1/4" [.6 cm]

Found in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Central African Republic, Gabon, Cameroon, Zaire, Rwanda, Uganda and Angola on large trees in rain forests as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool and humid growing, Lockhartia-like epiphyte from elevations of 200 [1400] to 1600 meters with leafy stems that form large clumps and carrying distichous, falcately oblong-elliptic, bilaterally compressed leaves that blooms on a very short, axillary, solitary flowered inflorescence with a long-lived, small, fragrant jasmine scented flower occuring in the summer on new leaves and most often more than one.

Cuttings can be made of side branches as they will root out quickly if potted in a standard bark mix with high humidity and fairly heavy shade.

Synonyms Aeranthes distichus (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1864; Angraecum imbricatum (Sw.) Schltr. 1918; Angraecum poppendickianum Szlach. & Olszewski 2001; Dolabrifolia disticha (Lindl.) Szlach. & Romowicz 2007; Dolabrifolia poppendickiana (Szlach. & Olszewski) Szlach. & Romowicz 2007; Epidorkis disticha (Lindl.] Kuntze 1891; Limodorum imbricatum Sw. 1805; Macroplectrum distichum (Lindl.) Finet 1907; Mystacidium distichum (Lindl.) Benth. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo Fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Macroplectrum distichum drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963 as Mystacidium distichum; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 11 1968 photo fide; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Die Orchideen #1 1-4 tafel 1&2 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo plant only; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 #7 1984 photo fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger, Senghas 1985 drawing pollina only/photo fide; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; Simon & Schuster's Guide to Orchids Fanfani & Rossi 1988; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 4 1991 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing fide; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #12 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #9 2014 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #6 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #1 2020 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #2 2020 photo fide