Aerangis mystacidii

Mystacidium-like Aerangis

Aerangis mystacidii

Mystacidium-like Aerangis

  • Small orchid wild type
  • Conspicuously spurred, white flowers
  • Often pendulous inflorescences
  • Suitable for rainforest terrariums
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Aerangis mystacidii is a rather small, white-flowered orchid that is distributed from Tanzania to the Cape Province in South Africa. It grows as an epiphyte on bushes and trees in tropical to subtropical forests, in periodically dry climates. Its stem, about 3 cm long, is densely covered with leathery leaves that are up to 15 cm long and irregularly divided into two lobes at the tip, and has many grey-white roots. The horizontal to pendulous inflorescences are up to about 20 cm long and have a number of white, 2,5 cm wide flowers. These have a conspicuous, slender spur that is up to 8 cm long.
In epiphytic orchids, the roots have special adaptations to the natural growing site. As adhesive and aerial roots, they anchor the plant to the trees and secure the difficult water and nutrient supply from rain, mist and water running off the trees. They soak up the water with the help of a special cell layer (the velamen radicum), through which they often appear grey. In nature, the roots are colonised by symbiotic fungi (mycorrhiza), which improve the nutrient supply but are not necessary in cultivation. In addition, the green root tips contain chlorophyll and participate in photosynthesis.

In culture, the roots should be largely exposed and are also particularly sensitive to waterlogging. The plants are therefore mounted on materials such as cork bark or porous rock or planted in shallow baskets or transparent pots with coarse, airy orchid substrate. Spray the plants several times a week with soft, calcium-poor water. Orchids in pots should be watered about once a week. You can add an orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser with every second watering. Higher humidity above 60 % is important, but also air circulation, because constantly very humid, stagnant air is harmful. After spraying, the plants should be allowed to dry off. Lowering the temperature by a few degrees at night is an advantage. As a shade plant, Aerangis mystacidii needs moderate light. For daylight cultivation, the place should be bright, but not sunny. Moderate warmth around 18 to 22 °C is optimal.

This pretty orchid wild type is suitable for rainforest, but also moderately temperate subtropical terrariums. With its tangle of aerial roots and white, remarkably spurred flowers on often pendulous inflorescences, Aerangis mystacidii attracts attention as a percher on branches.


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