Aerangis hyaloides

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Africa, Madagascar

Aerangis hyaloides is an orchid species that’s endemic to Eastern Madagascar, where this miniature, epiphytic orchid species grows on the branches of trees, in moist areas of shady, evergreen forests.  Aerangis hyaloides produces racemose inflorescences of up to twenty, white coloured, glistening blooms, from winter to early spring, each year.

The specific epithet of this miniature orchid species’ name is ‘hyaloides’, which originates from the greek word for glass, this references this orchid’s beautiful flowers, which naturally glisten, and sparkle – the blooms can certainly be considered as glass-like, and this delightful miniature orchid’s leaves are naturally glossy too.  Aerangis hyaloides flowers look to me like they have been knitted by a fairy from frost – they are just so exquisitely beautiful!  These charming inflorescences become even more fascinating when you examine them at close quarters.  You can see a large number of my photographs, including close ups, of Aerangis hyaloides flowers in this article, which shows the first flowering of an Aerangis hyaloides specimen that’s growing inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

You can see how this same aforementioned Aerangis hyaloides specimen is growing in my BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir (part six).  This link takes you straight to the trial update which was written at the time when this Aerangis hyaloides specimen was first introduced to this terrarium.  By reading this, and the continuing review and trial updates, you can see how this miniature orchid grows and develops.

Alternatively, click here to head straight to the trial instalment that was written when this Aerangis hyaloides specimen first showed signs that it was about to start producing flower spikes for the plant’s second flowering inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  In this trial update, and the continuing instalments that follow, you can watch this plant as it flowers.  To skip seeing the flower buds as they develop and head straight to the update that was written as this Aerangis hyaloides specimen flowered for the second time inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, please click here.

A second Aerangis hyaloides specimen features in my regular terrarium reviews, this plant, which is pictured above, was introduced to my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 22nd December 2017.  Prior to its introduction into my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, this particular Aerangis hyaloides plant had been growing inside another of my terrariums – a terrarium which doesn’t feature in my regular reviews.  You can follow this second Aerangis hyaloides specimen’s growth and development by clicking here, where you’ll head straight to the trial update that features pictures of this second Aerangis hyaloides plant as its flower buds first developed, and at every stage through this particular plant’s flowering.  You can follow this Aerangis hyaloides specimen’s growth and development in this and the continuing review and trial updates that follow.

To see this same Aerangis hyaloides plant as it began to produce flowering stems ready for the plant’s next flowering, please click here.
You can see this same Aerangis hyaloides plant’s next two flowering periods, in this update, by clicking here.

If you’re interested in seeing Aerangis hyaloides plants in flower, I’ve photographed two Aerangis hyaloides plants in flower inside my Madagascar Terrarium.  Here’s a link which will take you straight to the update that shows these miniature orchids in flower.

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