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  Angraecum sesquipedale Thouars
  Family Name : Orchidaceae

  Synonyms : Aeranthes sesquipedalis

  Common Names : Christmas Star Orchid, Darwin's Orchid, Comet Orchid

 
Christmas Star Orchid,Darwin's Orchid,Comet Orchid
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Epiphyte
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Madagascar
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: A large, monopodial, epiphytic orchid, its stem can reach 1m in length.
      Roots: The roots are thick and greyish and are only produced along the lower part of the stem. 
      Foliage: The dark green leathery leaves are arranged alternately along the stem and are bilobed at the leaf tip. The leaves measure 22 to 30cm long and are 3cm in width. 
      Flowers: The flowers are produced at the axillary buds located at the upper part of the stem. The flower has creamy white petals and yellow tinged sepals. The flower lip is white and concave, tapering to a point. The spur is the focal point of the flower, measuring 30 to 45cm long and gradually narrows from the base to the apex. The flowers are fragrant at night. 
      Habitat :
      It is found in forests from sea level to altitudes of 700m. 
      Cultivation :
      It is best grown mounted on fern or tree bark. Do not re-pot frequently as the plant roots are sensitive to disturbance. 
      Etymology :
      The species epithet 'sesquipedale' means 'a foot and a half' which refers to the length of the flower spur. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Moth Food Plant
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Tissue Culture

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