Rangaeris muscicola (Rchb. f.) Summerh.

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Rangaeris muscicola

High rainfall Miombo woodland
Ikungu area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Rangaeris muscicola

High rainfall Miombo woodland
Ikungu area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Rangaeris muscicola

High rainfall Miombo woodland
Ikungu area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Aerangis muscicola Rchb. f.
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust epiphytic or lithophytic (see photos) herb. Leaves linear, forming a fan on a very short stem. Up to four inflorescences arise from the lower leaf axils, each with up to 15 flowers. The pure white flowers turn apricot-orange with age (see photos). They are about 13 mm across with a long cream coloured spur, up to 8 cm.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: muscicola: moss-loving, referring to the preference of this species for moss-covered trees and rocks
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, often on rocks.
Altitude range: 1000 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,E,C,S
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Content last updated: Tuesday 28 May 2019

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 84.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Rangaeris muscicola.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118940, retrieved 26 February 2024

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