FZ.40. Aerangis Rchb. f.

Stewart, J. (1979) A Revision of the African Species of Aerangis (Orchidaceae) Kew Bulletin 34(2) 239-319

Description of the genus

Epiphytic herbs. Stem usually unbranched covered with remains of overlapping leaf bases. Leaves distichous, usually oblanceolate, fleshy or coriaceous, often with reticulate venation, unequally 2-lobed at apex. Inflorescence lateral, racemose, few- to many-flowered. Flowers white, sometimes tinged with green, brown or pink. Sepals and petals free. Lip entire, often similar to sepals and petals; base with a long spur. Column often narrow towards base, enlarged at level of stigma; pollinia 2; stipes 1.

Derivation of name: Aer (Gr); angis (Gr), meaning air-vessel, probably referring to the long hollow spurs.

Worldwide: c. 60 in tropical and South Africa, one extending to Sri Lanka

Mozambique: 7 taxa.

Aerangis kotschyana

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
alcicornis (Rchb. f.) GarayZ,MS
appendiculata (De Wild) Schltr.Z,MSDescription, Image
hologlottis (Schltr.) Schltr.MS
kirkii (Rchb. f.) Schltr.Z,GI,M
kotschyana (Rchb. f.) Schltr.MS,GIDescription, Image
mystacidii (Rchb. f.) Schltr.N,Z,T,MS,MDescription, Image
verdickii (De Wild.) Schltr. var. verdickii N,Z,MSDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Aerangis:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Aerangis
Flora of Zambia: Aerangis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Aerangis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aerangis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aerangis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aerangis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aerangis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Aerangis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aerangis
JSTOR Plant Science: Aerangis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aerangis
Plants of the World Online: Aerangis
Tropicos: Aerangis
Wikipedia: Aerangis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Aerangis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=440, retrieved 11 December 2023

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