Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta

Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured on the 13th May 2017, just as its flower spike began to emerge.

Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta is a beautiful species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, from Kenya and Africa, which produces long, arching or pendulous flower spikes, which feature, large, white, crystalline flowers with orange-red columns or centres.  The inflorescences of Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta are borne in double rows along each flower spike.  As each of the flowers open, their petals open and the flowers adjust themselves to be held horizontally on the plant, with their nectaries held directly below each bloom.

The inflorescences of Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta produce a sweet, delicate fragrance, which isn’t overly powerful, and can only be detected during a close examination of the flowers.

If you plan to grow Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, do ensure that you leave room for the plant’s flower spike, which is a great deal larger than the plant itself!  It’s worth remembering that mature plants will produce numerous flower spikes in unison, creating a magnificent floral display, which will occupy a greater expanse of area than you might expect.

I have found that Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta flourishes in humid conditions.  I grow my Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta specimen mounted on cork bark, this plant is misted every day, which is much more frequently than many of the Aerangis species I grow, most of which are misted once or twice a week, at most.  In its native environment, Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta encounters a drier growing period during the summer months, so it’s wise to incorporate this drier season into your growing regime, during this time, my plant is misted three times a week at most.

My Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta specimen is mounted on cork bark and grown in a terrarium, where it receives bright, indirect light and is grown at room temperature.

In the photographs I have taken, and listed in date order for you below, you can see the development of this Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta flower spike and flowers, from the first sign of a flower spike, to an emerging bud, to full-on flowering!

Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured on the 2nd June 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured on the 25th June 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured on the 12th August 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured on the 23rd August 2017, just as its first flower is opening.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta pictured as its first flower opened, on the 23rd August 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured as its first flower opens on the 23rd August 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured as its first flower opens on the 23rd August 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 27th August 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 27th August 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower, on the 30th August 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 30th August 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 30th August 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta pictured in flower on the 31st August 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 31st August 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 31st August 2017.
Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta, pictured on the 2nd September 2017, with a British five-pence piece to clearly show the size of the flowers.

Other articles that may interest you……………

To read a planting list of miniature orchids ideal for growing inside terrariums or vivariums, please click here.

To see how my orchidarium was created, please click here.

To read the first part of my White Orchid Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my Madagascar Orchid Trial, please click here.

To read the first instalment of my Miniature Orchid Trial, please click here.

If you’re thinking of planting up your own terrarium and wish to read a planting list of various terrarium plants, please click here.

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