Aerangis modesta

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Africa, Comoros Islands, Madagascar

Aerangis modesta is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar and the Comoros Islands, where this orchid can be found growing upon trees, in forested areas.  You might not look twice at this plant when it’s not in bloom, but Aerangis modesta is so very beautiful whilst it’s in flower, this orchid produces white, pendent blooms, which trail below the plant.  The flowers are held and arranged beautifully on the plant, each bloom sits in unison along the flowering stems.  This orchid is very fragrant; the flowers have an unusual scent, which varies and is hard to describe, it’s quite energising!

This small sized orchid is a little bit larger than some of the orchid species that feature inside my terrariums and on this planting list.  You would need a fairly substantial terrarium to be able to accommodate this orchid.  If you have a larger terrarium, vivarium, or bottle garden, I am sure that you’ll enjoy growing Aerangis modesta.  This orchid species enjoys growing in a location that features bright, filtered, indirect light; accompanied by warm to hot temperatures, and high humidity levels. 

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