Angraecum orchids

Angraecum, or sometimes called Comet Orchid (which reflects its flower structure) is amazing. This African genus of monopodial orchids contains both tiny orchids with lovely flowers such as Angraecum equitans, Angraecum magdalenae, Angraecum leonis, Angraecum elephantinum and magnificent giants such as so-called Darwin Orchid Angraecum sesquipedale. They are epiphytes and lithophytes and grow in tropical Africa and Madagascar. They are closely related to Vanda and resemble Vanda by their morphology, but prefer half-shade and better grow either mounted on slabs (miniature species) or potted into the bark mix (Angraecum sesquipedale, Angraecum eburneum). They have prominent spurs – Angraecum sesquipedale, for instance, has extra-large spurs 7.9–15.7 inches long, that’s why Darwin got interested in this orchid species. He proposed, that there should be a pollinator with extra-large proboscis because such specific flowers with such extra-large spurs could not be pollinated by all insects – nectar is only at the end of this long spur, and common insects could not get it. And only years after the death of Darwin such pollinator was found – hawk moth Xanthopan morganii praedicta.

Angraecum species have flowers of different shades of white and green, they are usually nocturnal and smell at night, aroma of featured species (Angrm. sesquipedale) is a wonderful addition to the value of these orchids.

Angraecum orchid care

Angraecum orchid care is not very difficult – they prefer  intermediate to warm and hot temperatures (which means that they are perfectly suited for indoor orchid cultivation), medium light (something intermediate between Phalaenopsis and Cambrias, they do not need extreme sunlight such as for Vanda or Cattleya), big species better grow potted in special bark mixture. Small and medium species grow better mounted to slabs, which mimics their natural growing conditions. For successful growing, you should water it after potting mixture became dry, and apply balanced fertilizers because big Angraecums are heavy feeders. They can flower all year round, but Angrm. sesquipedale and related species have a tendency to bloom in winter, and Angrm. magdalenae usually blooms in spring through summer.

 

Angraecum orchids for sale:

BIN-Angraecum didieri x sib.- Beautiful Madagascar Orchid Plant- Collectors item

Angraecum orchids buy online


Angraecum leonis, orchid species

by Ma_Plant

$42.00

Angraecum leonis


Angraecum erectum – Orchid Plant – Fragrant – Easy-Grower – Vivarium – Terrarium – indigenous to Uganda

by Andys Orchids

$28.99

Angraecum erectum


Angraecum calceolus – Orchid Plant – Miniature – Easy-Grower – indigenous to Madagascar

by Andys Orchids

$28.99

Angraecum calceolus


Andy’s Orchids
$45.99

Angraecum eichlerianum


BIN Angraecum didieri ‘Olympic’ x self 2” Pot mini seedling S677SE

$19.95

Angraecum didieri seedling

 

See also:

Orchid pest control in general

Orchid  diseases

Orchid propagation

How to fertilize orchids correctly

When do orchids bloom

When to repot an orchid

How to get an orchid to bloom

Types of orchids

Mini-orchids

Various techniques for orchid growing

Easy orchids

Where to grow orchids

 

Orchid genera and hybrids

Ada

Aerides

Ansellia

Barkeria

Bifrenaria

Bletilla

Brassavola

Brassia

Bulbophyllum

Calanthe

Cambria orchids: Beallara, Howeara, Miltassia, and other hybrids

Catasetum type orchids

Cattleya

Coelogyne

Cycnoches – Swan Orchid

Cymbidium

Dendrobium

Dendrochilum

Dracula

Encyclia

Epidendrum

Gongora

Grammatophyllum

Jewel orchids

Laelia

Leptotes

Lycaste

Masdevallia

Maxillaria

Miltonia

Miltoniopsis

Neofinetia – Samurai Orchid

Odontoglossum

Oncidium Alliance Orchids: Oncidium, Odontoglossum, Miltonia and other genera

Paphiopedilum – Lady slipper orchid

Peristeria, Dove Orchid or Holy Spirit Orchid

Phaius

Phalaenopsis – Moth orchid

Phragmipedium – American Slipper Orchid

Pleione

Psychopsis

Renanthera

Rhynchostylis

Sobralia

Stanhopea

Trichopilia

Vanda

Vanilla

Zygopetalum

 

 

 

 

 

 

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