Angraecum leonis (Rchb. f.) André 1885


Angraecum leonis (Rchb. f.) André 1885 is an epiphytic growing orchid species, native to Madagascar and the Comoros Islands, an archipelago of volcanic islands, north-west of Madagascar.

German botanist Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach primarily decribed the beautiful white orchid as Aeranthes leonis Rchb. f. 1885 and named it in honour to the French botanist Leon Humblot (1852 - 1914). The French botanist, horticulturalist and landscape architect Édouard-François André (1840 - 1911) changed the botanical name to Angraecum leonis (Rchb. f.) André 1885. There seem to be two varieties, the Madagascar form with smaller flowers and the Comoros Islands form with larger flowers. The fragrant, long-lasting flowers get a length of about 4 cm (Madagascar) and about 8 cm (Comoros Islands). Inflorescences carry up to about 7 flowers. Flowering period: Winter.

Angraecum leonis orchids are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival). The tropical orchid species requires warm - hot temperatures, a high humidity of 75 - 85 % and is best cultivated in partial shade to full shade. The potting medium should be well-drained as Angraecum leonis is very prone to root rot. Plants should be watered or misted with purified water as they`re salt-sensitive. Waterings should be restricted during the winter rest from Autumn - Spring.

Angraecum leonis
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Image: Angraecum leonis (Rchb. f.) André 1885

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