Aerangis kotschyana (Rchb. f.) Schltr.

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Aerangis kotschyana

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Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma.

Aerangis kotschyana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma.

Aerangis kotschyana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma.

Aerangis kotschyana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma.

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Synonyms: Aerangis grantii (Baker) Schltr.
Angraecum kotschyanum Rchb. f.
Common names:
Status: Native
A low level epiphyte. Leaves 3-5 (occasionally more), obovate, yellowish green with visible reticulate venation. Inflorescence usually 1 or 2, pendent, up to 20-flowered. Flowers in 2 well-spaced rows, white, sometimes tinged with salmon pink, about 3.5 cm in diameter. Spur up to 24 cm, when straightened, with one to several spiral twists like a corkscrew.
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Habitat: A low level epiphyte, growing on trunks and lower branches of trees in woodland and forest, often close to water.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Apr - May
Worldwide distribution: From West Africa through Central Africa and from Ethiopia and the Sudan south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,C
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Aerangis kotschyana., retrieved 3 October 2023

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