Angraecum leonis [Rchb.f]Veitch 1891 SECTION Humblotiangraecum

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Plant and Flower

Photos by Igor Zhuravlev

Flower Closeup Photos by Shawn Bird

FragrantPartialshadeHot Cool Spring Summer EARLYFall

Common Name or Meaning Leon's Angraecum [Leon Humblot - French Orchid Collector in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands 1800's]

Flower Size 3" long 2 to 3" in Diameter [7.5 x 5 to 7.5 cm]

Found in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands in forests with an important dry spell at an altitude of 200 to 1500 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing fan-shaped epiphyte with a short, stout stem carrying 4 to 5, distichous, narrowly ensiform, spreading, falcate, flattened, fleshy-coriaceous leaves that blooms in the spring, summer and early fall on 1 to 2, axillary, erect or suberect, stout, bracteate, shorter inflorescence arising from the second or third leaf base, with 1 to 7, fragrant, jasmine scented, long-lasting flowers.

I grow mine in a wood slat basket with fenrock as a medium, and with bright semi-direct light, frequent spring-summer waterings and a drier winter.

Synonyms *Aeranthes leonis Rchb.f 1885; Aeranthus leonis Rchb.f; Angraecum humblotii Rchb.f 1885; Angraecum leonii [Rchb.f]Andre` 1885; Humblotiangraecum leonis (André) Szlach., Mytnik & Grochocka 2013; *Mystacidium leonis Rolfe 1904

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Macroplectron leonis drawing good; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1981 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 24 #7 1960 photo fide; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 10 1968 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 4 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1982; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger, Senghas 1985 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 #2 1986 photo fideCultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 drawing/photo fide; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 7 1992 photo fide; A Culture Manual for Angraecoid Orchid Growers Hillerman 1992 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 9 1993 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Boletim CAOB #52 2003; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 no 9 2004 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; Orchid Digest Vol 81 #3 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #6 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #5 2019 photo fide;