The flowers of many of the Aerangis
species are produced in succession until the entire flower spike is full of graceful flowers with sepals and petals curving back, and their lips bending forward, the blossoms form the impression of a flight of birds.
species are naturally found in Madagascar and tropical Africa ranging from the very high, moist, and steamy elevations down to low semiarid areas. Aerangis
species are small to medium orchids which produce very fragrant white or cream colored blossoms. Some species like Aerangis hyolides
produce blossoms shaped like birds while other species like Aerangis curnowiana
have blossoms shaped like stars with long flowing spurs, much like the Angraecum
Of course, with most orchids, some just have to be different and break the rules. The Aerangis
species are no exception. Some have leaves that form small fans and love to be mounted, while others have alternating leaves on upright stems. Looking at them side by side you would not believe they belonged to the same genus.
species are not hard to grow and because most are small in size, they make good orchids for the home, orchid cases or if your greenhouse is full, you can always find room for just “ONE MORE” of these little beauties. They love to be mounted on cork slabs
or tree fern so their roots can dangle free in the breeze. They will also grow in pots if you use a fast draining media
like medium bark. They do not like to be soggy and the roots will rot very quickly. Provide strong air movement
for them, much like the birds in flight, they also like wind beneath their wings…ah…leaves.
species are primarily epiphytic with just a few being lithophytic. They have a vandaceous
growing habit. Below are some general cultural tips to use as a guideline. Check the cultural requirements for the species you are growing.