Aerangis mystacidii

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Aerangis mystacidii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Africa, Malawi, and Zambia, where this particular orchid species is found growing upon trees, in forests, close to streams, pools, and springs.

Aerangis mystacidii produces pendent flower spikes, which bear up to twenty, beautiful white, fragrant flowers.  Accordingly, although this is most definitely a miniature orchid while the plants are not in bloom, additional space is required to accommodate this orchid’s flowers, whilst Aerangis mystacidii is flowering.  It’s best to remember this and choose to position Aerangis mystacidii fairly high up within your enclosure, remembering to leave a vacant space below this orchid, when you’re selecting a space within a terrarium for your plant.

The blooms of Aerangis mystacidii release their fragrance in the early evening, to attract the species of moths that pollinate the plants.

This orchid can be grown inside a terrarium, but it will also grow happily as a houseplant inside your home.  Aerangis mystacidii thrives in bright, filtered, indirect light, and intermediate to warm temperatures.  Plants enjoy a humid environment, which can be achieved by regular misting, grouping plants together, placing your plant near water, or growing Aerangis mystacidii inside a terrarium.  However, this is an easy to grow plant that flourishes in medium to high humidity levels.

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