Aerangis collum-cygni

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Africa, Cameroon, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia

Aerangis collum-cygni is a miniature to small sized orchid species that grows in humid forests, moist woodlands, and rainforests.  These plants also make themselves at home in areas that were once forests, in regions where the forest’s native trees were roughly removed to make way for the plantations that replaced them.  Aerangis collum-cygni can be found growing as epiphytes in: Cameroon, Gabon, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, and other areas across tropical Africa.

In springtime, Aerangis collum-cygni plants produce white flowers that are rather charmingly tinged with pink.  Aerangis collum-cygni blooms are perfumed; the inflorescences release their fragrance at night, when the flowers attract moths and other pollinators.

Aerangis collum-cygni plants enjoy soft filtered light.  These orchids thrive in a very humid environment where alongside the humidity there is good air circulation around the plants.  Water Aerangis collum-cygni each morning with rainwater, maintain high humidity and rainforest type growing conditions throughout the year, with a slightly drier winter.

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