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Orchid Species: Angraecum calceolus

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Angraecum calceolus is an orchid species identified by Thouars in 1822.
Angraecum (Angcm.)
(name currently accepted by Kew)
ORIGIN: A small sized, epiphytic or lithophytic, hot to cool growing orchid found in coastal forests in shady, humid forests usually the base of shrubs and trees at elevations of 30 to to 2000 meters.

DESCRIPTION: A small sized, epiphytic or lithophytic, hot to cool growing orchid found in coastal forests in shady, humid forests usually the base of shrubs and trees at elevations of 30 to to 2000 meters with very short stem carrying 3 to 10, narrowly lanceolate or ligulate, broad, distichous leaves that blooms in the summer on a racemose to paniculate, 6 to 12 [15 to 30 cm] long inflorescence with, laxly few to several [4 to 6] flowers and all shorter than the leaves that is found in Mozambique, Madagascar as well as the Indian Ocean Islands Of Comoros, Reunion, Mauritius, the Mascarenes and the Seychelles. This is one of two species that is found in Africa as well as the Indian Ocean Islands and is unusual in that, with older specimens, it is possible to have a branched inflorescence.

FLOWER SIZE: 4/5 inch [2 cm] Spur 1/3 to 1/2 inch [1 to 1.2 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Angraecum Angcm anocentrum 1899 Schltr.
Add+ Aeranthes Aerth calceola 1877 (Thouars) S.Moore in J.G.Baker
Add+ Angraecum Angcm calceolum
Add+ Angraecum Angcm guillauminii 1950 H.Perrier
Add+ Angraecum Angcm laggiarae 1918 Schltr.
Add+ Angraecum Angcm rhopaloceras 1925 Schltr.
Add+ Mystacidium Mycdm carpophorum 1895 (Thouars) Cordem.
Add+ Aerobion Aerobion calceolus 1826 (Thouars) Spreng.
Add+ Macroplectrum Ma calceolus 1907 (Thouars) Finet
Add+ Mystacidium Mycdm calceolus 1895 (Thouars) Cordem.
Add+ Angraecum Angcm carpophorum 1822 Thouars
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Angcm. calceolum 'Tressa' (1974) Angcm. calceolum 'Inez' (1972) Angcm. calceolum 'Penn Valley' (1963)
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Angraecum calceolus by Tom Kuligowski.      Angraecum calceolus originates from Madagascar and the surrounding islands.  It can be found extensively at the base of trees and thick brush in humid areas at sea level and to the altitude of... 0
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