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Angraecum elephantinum
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Angraecum elephantinum
Angraecum elephantinum

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Angraecum elephantinum - Photo courtesy Dominique Karadjoff
Angraecum elephantinum

Kingdom

Plantae

Division

Magnoliophyta

Class

Liliopsida

Order

Asparagales

Family

Orchidaceae

Subfamily

Vandoïdeae Endlicher

Tribe

Vandaeae Lindl.

Subtribe

Angraecinae Summerh.

Alliance

Angraecum

Genus

Angraecum

Genus Abreviation

Angcm

Common Name

 

Section

Perrierangraecum Schltr.

Species

Angraecum elephantinum

Sub-Species

 

Authority

Schltr.

Source

Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin vii. 330 (1919)

Synonyms

 

Etymology

 

Distribution

E. Madagascar

Range

 

Altitude

1200 - 1500 m

Habitat

 

Life Form

Epiphytic chamaephyte

Flowers

7 cm - Spur 11 cm

Flowering time

Europe : Mar-Apr

Fragrance

Evening

Angraecum elephantinum is a small (a little larger than a true miniature) angraecum. It has leathery looking stiff bilobed leaves. Sepals are amber or peach colored, the labellum pure white. The Flowers is large (especially compared to the plant size-hence the name) and the star-shaped white flowers are absolutely beautiful. It's another moth-pollinated angraecum that is fragrant in the evening.

Culture

It grows best on a plaque. Warm moist summers, and slightly drier but misty cooler winters characterise the natural habitat. The plant is very comfortable growing in intermediate conditions with a slightly drier period in winter when the root system has deactivated. Bright light is needed to initiate flower spikes.

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Angraecum elephantinum
Angraecum elephantinum - Photo courtesy Dominique Karadjoff

 

 

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