Aerangis kirkii

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa

Aerangis kirkii is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid species, that originates from South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique.  Plants can be found growing upon both trees and shrubs in forested areas, close to rivers or near the coast line; this orchid species can be found inhabiting trees growing anywhere from sea level up to 200m above.

A warm growing orchid species, Aerangis kirkii requires filtered, diffused low light, or intermediate filtered, diffused light, combined with warm temperatures and a very humid environment to flourish.

Aerangis kirkii produces white, scented flowers, which are borne on peach coloured, pendent flowering stems.  The first flower to open is usually larger in size than the flowers that follow.  My favourite thing about Aerangis kirkii are the plant’s leaves – they’re rather attractively bilobed, each leaf widens slightly at the tip, when it divides into a rounded fork, it’s really very cute indeed!

A close up of an Aerangis kirkii leaf.

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