Rangaeris longicaudata (Rolfe) Summerh. 1936

Photos by Francisco Perez-Vera


Drawing by J G Adams

Part shade Hot Warm Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Long Tailed Rangaeris

Flower Size .2 to .32" [5 to 8 mm] wide and 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] long

Found in Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon on large branches of big trees in evergreen or semi-deciduous forests at lower elevations as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, elongate stems carrying 2 rows of ligulate to lorate, unequally, rounded lobed apically, basally clasping leaves taht blooms in the fall on a lateral, , opposite the base of a leaf, erect to sub-erect, with large, dark brown bracts4.8 to 8" [12 to 20 cm] long, 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence with floral bracts that enveloped the base of the pedicel and carry white flowers.

Synonyms *Mystacidium longicaudatum Rolfe 1897

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 drawing/photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006;