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Angraecum pusillum
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Angraecum pusillum
Angraecum pusillum

Description

Dwarf epiphytic herb with stem up to 10 mm long.Leaves 4-6, distichous, forming a fan; lamina 5.5-12(16) cm × 2-5 mm, linear, articulated to a leaf base.Inflorescences several, arising from base of plant, 5-10 cm long, several- to many-flowered.Flowers very small, yellow-green or white.Pedicels and ovary c. 2.5 mm long.Sepals and petals all ovate, obtuse.Dorsal sepal 1.4-1.5 × 0.8 mm; lateral sepals 1.5 × 0.7 mm.Petals 1.2-1.5 × 0.5-0.6 mm.Lip 1-1.6 × 1.1-1.5 mm, ovate, very concave; spur 1.1 mm long, saccate.Column 0.5 mm long.

Notes

Often found growing on Schotia Latifolia. A miniature species, only growing to 10cm, with tiny white flowers which appear from Sept - March and can last for up to a month before withering.

Cultivation

Angraecum pusillum is slow growing and considered difficult to grow. Grow mounted on a log which should be suspended horizontally for optimum results. Will also grow as a lithophyte. Grow under 50-60% shade. Water plants frequently in summer and allow a short dry period between June - August.

References

1. Wodrich K H K, 1997. Growing South African Indigenous Orchids, A A Balkema, Rotterdam
2. J S Ball, 1978. Southern African Epiphytic Orchids, Conservation Press (Pty) Ltd, Johannesburg
3. J Stewart, H P Linder, E A Schelpe & A V Hall, 1982. Wild Orchids of Southern Africa, Macmillan South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Johannesburg
4. E Pooley, 1998. A Field Guide to Wild Flowers Kwazulu - Natal and the Eastern Region, Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban
5. I and E la Croix, 1997. African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation, Timber Press Inc., Portland, Oregon, USA
6. S A Orchid Council Journal, Vol 29/3, Sept 1998, Front cover, Photographed by Dr L Vogelpoel
7. S A Orchid Council Journal, Vol 31, 2000. Jewels of the Veld & Vlei, Ann Duckworth, Photographed by R Duckworth
8. S A Orchid Council Journal, Vol 32, 2001, Missed a Mystacidium?, Sarel Spies, Photographed by Sarel Spies
9. S A Orchid Council Journal Vol 26/2, June 1995, Mighty Miniatures No 9. Polystachya ottoniana, Hendrik J Venter, Photographed by H J Venter
10. S A Orchid Council Journal Vol 30, 1999, Award No 1062 & 1063, Owners: Duckett Nurseries, Darling. Photographed by Dr L Vogelpoel

Links

FZ volume:11 part:2 (1998) Orchidaceae
Gonubie Orchid Society

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Angraecum pusillum

Kingdom

Plantae

Division

Magnoliophyta

Class

Liliopsida

Order

Asparagales

Family

Orchidaceae

Subfamily

Vandoïdeae Endlicher

Tribe

Vandaeae Lindley

Subtribe

Angraecinae Summerhayes

Alliance

Angraecum

Genus

Angraecum

Genus Abreviation

Angcm

Common Name

 

Section

 

Species

Angraecum pusillum

Sub-Species

 

Authority

Lindley

Source

- Lindl. in Companion Bot. Mag. 2: 205 (1837).
- Summerhayes in Kew Bull. 13: 263 (1958).
- Grosvenor in Excelsa 6: 78 (1976).
- Stewart et al., Wild Orch. South. Africa: 259 (1982). Type from South Africa.

Synonyms

Angraecum burchellii Rchb.f. in Flora 50: 117 (1867). Type from South Africa.

Angraecum sp. of Ball, South. African Epiphyt. Orch.: 50 (1978).

Etymology

 

Distribution

Zimbabwe E: Chimanimani Mts., summit of "uncontoured" peak, fl. 18.xi.1975, Ball 1372 (SRGH)

Range

South Africa; Swaziland

Altitude

 

Habitat

Shady forest

Life Form

Epiphytic chamaephyte, occasionally lithophyte

Flowers

 

Flowering time

Sep-Mar

Fragrance

 

 

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