Friday, November 13, 2009

Shade-loving Africans!

Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, blooming in the greenhouse. Aerangis is a family of shade-tolerant, monopodial orchids from Africa and Madagascar. They are relatively easy growing and are nicely suited to growing mounted. Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta is one of the few with bright orange color, the rest being white or white with a light blush. They are likely pollinated at night by moths and all have the telltale nectary. Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta hails from the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Congo, Zaire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in shady, riverine forests at around 3000-6000 feet.

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