Rangaeris amaniensis (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1949 Photo by Patricia Harding

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Ben Berliner and Willow Pond Orchids

Fragrance Part sunCool to Hot Spring

Common Name The Amani Rangaeris [Tanzannian town]

Flower Size 1/4" to 3/8" [5 to 10mm]

A medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte found in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe in woodlands with high rainfall, in evergreen forests or occasionally on rocks in large colonies at elevations of 750 to 2600 meters that is similar in culture to Angraecum with woody, sometimes branched stems enveloped basally by old leaf bases and carrying, numerous, distichous, narrowly oblong or strap shaped, unequally and roundly bilobed apically leaves that has fragrant flowers that occur in the spring and summer on a basal to axillary, pendant, 2 to 4 " [to 7 cm] long, racemose, suberect, fractiflex inflorescence with a few to several [5 to 13], fragrant lily of the valley scented flowers.

This species is best raised in humid, moderately shaded warm to cool conditions with a cooler and drier rest.

Synonyms Angraecum cufodontii (Chiov.) Chiov. ex Chiarugi 1951; Cyrtorchis cufodontii Chiov. 1939; Leptocentrum amaniense (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; *Listrostachys amaniensis Kraenzl. 1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 3 1970 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #4 1975; Malawi Orchids vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 9 1993 photo fide; The Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo/drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 photo fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #8 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #10 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #1 2020 photo fide