Angraecum arachnites

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Africa, Madagascar

Angraecum arachnites is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where plants can be found growing in humid, evergreen forests.

This orchid species produces really striking flowers, they’re quite large in size and are white in colour.  The blooms look rather like floral spiders, they have long and slightly twisting, curved extensions, which look rather like spider’s legs.  Angraecum arachnites is very aptly named, as its flowers have a definite resemblance to spiders, making this orchid species easy to identify whilst it’s in bloom.  Angraecum arachnites blooms are said to be perfumed; the flowers release their fragrance at night, to attract the moths that pollinate this orchid species’ flowers.  Although, I must tell you that despite many examinations in the daytime and evening, I’ve never detected a fragrance from any of my Angraecum arachnites plants’ flowers.

Angraecum arachnites thrives in humid conditions, so if you’re looking to grow this plant well, you’ll need to ensure that you can provide your plants with high humidity and bright, but filtered, soft, indirect light.

In its natural environment, Angraecum arachnites experiences some distinct changes in its growing conditions through the seasons.  Plants growing in the wild will encounter a lengthy period of drier weather over the autumn and winter months, when the plants rest; before growing again, once the wetter weather returns, in springtime.  If you’re growing this orchid species yourself, it’s important to maintain a very humid environment, all through the year.  Although you don’t want to have your plants soaked over winter, I’d advise you to mist your plants in the early morning, in every season.  Ensure that gentle air circulation is maintained at all times.

Angraecum arachnites plants can be grown mounted onto pieces of cork bark or slabs of wood.  Alternatively plants can be grown in small pots or planters, using a robust, long lasting speciality orchid compost.  However, Angraecum arachnites plants hate to have their roots disturbed, and often decline after being re-potted, which is why I prefer to grow my plants mounted on cork.  Disturbing Angraecum arachnites roots can cause lasting damage, so do take care of your plant’s roots, if you’re growing this orchid species.

In the wild, Angraecum arachnites plants experience a distinct drop in temperature, at night.

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