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Aerangis brachycarpa

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 > Genus: Aerangis

Native to the area from Angola to Ethiopia. Cultivated in southern Africa.

Ecological interactions


The long-tongued hawkmoths Agrius convolvuli and Coelonia fulvinotata recorded as pollinators by Martins & Johnson (2007) in Kenya.


  • 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