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.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
alcicornis (Rchb. f.) GarayZ,MS
appendiculata (De Wild) Schltr.ZDescription, 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:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Aerangis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Aerangis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Aerangis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aerangis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aerangis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Aerangis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Aerangis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=440, retrieved 19 March 2018

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