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Orchid Species: Aerangis kotschyana

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Aerangis kotschyana is an orchid species identified by (Rchb.f.) Schltr. in 1918.
Genus
Aerangis (Aergs.)
Grex
kotschyana
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
(Rchb.f.) Schltr.
Year
1918
ORIGIN: This hot to warm growing, epiphytic, medium sized orchid comes from Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Natal South Africa and south to Angola and Madagascar on smooth barked trees high in the canopy but still on large branches and trunks as well as old bushes and smaller trees in hot woodlands with seasonal high rainfalls or in hot, dry riverine areas occurring at altitudes of 200 to 1500 meters.

DESCRIPTION: This is a hot to warm growing, epiphytic, medium sized orchid with short, stout stems carrying several distichous, oblong to obovate, coriaceous, broad and unequally bilobed apically, dark green leaf that is often mottled and has undulate margins that blooms in the fall and winter on a pendant, 12 to 18 [30 to 45 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with 8 to 20, fragrant, waxy flowers with a pinkish brown, corkscrew like spiral to the lower part of the pink spur. This species does best mounted in high humidity, moderate shade, warm to hot temperatures and a longer dry winter rest with increasing light to bring on the flowering.

FLOWER SIZE: 1 1/2 inches [3.5 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Aerangis Aergs grantii 1918 (Bateman ex Baker) Schltr.
Add+ Aerangis Aergs kotschyi 1881 Rchb.f.
Add+ Angraecum Angcm grantii 1875 Bateman ex Baker
Add+ Angraecum Angcm kotschyanum 1864 Rchb.f.
Add+ Angraecum Angcm kotschyi 1880 Rchb.f.
Add+ Angraecum Angcm semipedale 1895 Rendle
Add+ Rhaphidorhynchus Rhaphidorhynchus kotschyi 1907 Finet
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