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Orchid Species: Aeranthes grandiflora

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)
Aeranthes grandiflora is an orchid species identified by Lindl. in 1833.
Aeranthes (Aerth.)
(name currently accepted by Kew)
ORIGIN: A small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte from Madagascar at altitudes up to 1200 meters in humid rainforests from the coast to the central plateua.

DESCRIPTION: A small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte from Madagascar at altitudes up to 1200 meters in humid rainforests from the coast to the central plateua, with a very short stem and 5 to 7 distichous, narrowly oblong, coriaceous, unequally bilobed apically, broad leaves and has bizarre flowers that emerge in the late spring through summer from an axillary, 4 to 4' [10 to 120 cm] long, pendant spikes with sheaths covering the peduncle, and have 1 to 2, large, fragrant, long-lasting flowers at the apex. Never cut them off as they keep reblooming even if it seems dead.

FLOWER SIZE: 8 inches [20 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Aeranthes Aerth brachycentron 1890
Add+ Angraecum Angcm grandiflorum 1895
Add+ Aeranthes Aerth arachnitis 1824
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