Aerangis mystacidii (Rchb. f.) Schltr.

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Aerangis mystacidii

Riverine forest
Mutinondo Wilderness, Lavushi Manda Distr.
Feb 2023
Photo: Nick Wightman

Aerangis mystacidii

Riverine forest
Mutinondo Wilderness, Lavushi Manda Distr.
Feb 2023
Photo: Nick Wightman

Aerangis mystacidii

Riverine forest
Mutinondo Wilderness, Lavushi Manda Distr.
Feb 2023
Photo: Nick Wightman

Aerangis mystacidii

Riverine forest
Mutinondo Wilderness, Lavushi Manda Distr.
Feb 2023
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Aerangis pachyura (Rolfe) Schltr.
Aerangis sp. (Ball 1417) of Ball, Southern African Epiphytic Orchids: 36, 1978
Common names:
Status: Native
Epiphytic herb. Leaves 2-8, oblanceolate to obovate, leathery or slightly fleshy. Inflorescences horizontal or pendent up to 30 cm with up to 24 flowers. Flowers white, pink tinged in the spur with the lateral sepals strongly reflexed. Spur usually 6-8 cm long, curved forwards. See A. appendiculata for comparison. This species can be very variable in size. This is apparently not always related to differences in habitat, as smaller and larger plants seem to retain their sizes when grown together in cultivation (La Croix, 1997).
Type location:
South Africa
Derivation of specific name: mystacidii: like a moustach, presumably referring to the shape of the of the lateral sepals
Habitat: Mostly in riverine forest, but also in evergreen forest and high rainfall woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mar - May
Worldwide distribution: From Tanzania to South Africa and Eswatini.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): W
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 14 March 2023

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 36 - 37. as Aerangis sp. (Ball 1417) (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 128.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 78.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 49.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 388 - 389. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 21 - 24.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 250. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I.F. & La Croix T.M. (1983). Orchids of Bvumbwe The Society of Malawi Journal 36(2) Page 16.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 94.

Morris, B. (1965). Epiphytic orchids of the Limbuli Stream, Mlanje The Society of Malawi Journal 18(2) Pages 62 - 63.

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 97 - 99.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 117.

Stewart, J. (1979). A Revision of the African Species of Aerangis (Orchidaceae) Kew Bulletin 34(2) Pages 289 - 293. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 130 - 131.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 193 - 194. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Aerangis mystacidii., retrieved 16 June 2024

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