Aerangis mystacidii (Rchb. f.) Schltr.

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Aerangis mystacidii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Aerangis mystacidii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Aerangis mystacidii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Aerangis pachyura (Rolfe) Schltr.
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).
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: Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Mar - May
Worldwide distribution: From Tanzania to South Africa and Swaziland.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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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.

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).

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.

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

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Flora of Mozambique: Aerangis mystacidii
Flora of Zambia: Aerangis mystacidii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Aerangis mystacidii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aerangis mystacidii
African Plant Database: Aerangis mystacidii
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Aerangis mystacidii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aerangis mystacidii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aerangis mystacidii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Aerangis mystacidii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Aerangis mystacidii
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JSTOR Plant Science: Aerangis mystacidii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aerangis mystacidii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Aerangis mystacidii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aerangis mystacidii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Aerangis mystacidii
Tropicos: Aerangis mystacidii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Aerangis mystacidii., retrieved 22 July 2019

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