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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Aerangis

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Orchidaceae

About 50 species (Africa and Mascarene Islands), of which eight are native to southern Africa. An additional five species are cultivated in the region. Pollinated by hawkmoths.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Aerangis alcicornis

Recorded from Mozambique.


Aerangis appendiculata

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Aerangis hologlottis

Recorded from Mozambique.


Aerangis kirkii

Recorded from Mozambique.


Aerangis kotschyana

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Aerangis mystacidii

Aerangis somalensis

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Aerangis verdickii

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Aerangis brachycarpa

Native to the area from Angola to Ethiopia.


Aerangis confusa

Native to Kenya and Tanzania.


Aerangis coriacea

Native to tropical Africa.


Aerangis thompsonii

[= Aerangis friesiorum]

Native to tropical Africa.


Aerangis ugandensis

Native to tropical Africa.



  • Martins DJ, Johnson SD. 2007. Hawkmoth pollination of aerangoid orchids in Kenya, with special reference to nectar sugar concentration gradients in the floral spurs. American Journal of Botany 94(4): 650-659. http://dx.doi.org/10.3732/ajb.94.4.650