Angraecum calceolus

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Africa, Comoros Islands, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Reunion Island, Seychelles

If you are partial to green flowers, you’ll love this orchid!  Angraecum calceolus is a small-sized orchid species from Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Reunion Islands, and the Seychelles.  This plant is larger than many of the orchid species I’ve listed in my various terrarium planting lists.  Angraecum calceolus is unlikely to be a compatible choice for glass bottle gardens; a more substantially sized terrarium, vivarium, or orchidarium would be required to comfortably accommodate this orchid and provide a suitable home that will present itself as lasting and sustainable accommodation, as the plant develops and matures.

Angraecum calceolus produces flowering stems that are beautifully decorated with leafy, lime-green coloured flowers.  When Angraecum calceolus is in bloom, the overall effect is rather charming and starry.

Growing as an epiphyte (growing upon other plants) or lithophyte (growing on rocks), Angraecum calceolus is reportedly a commonly seen orchid in its homelands.  In its natural environment, in the wild Angraecum calceolus thrives in shaded conditions.  If you’re growing this orchid species, it’s important to protect your plant from harsh or intense lighting, as strong sunlight (in particular afternoon sunlight) could scorch or damage your plant’s sensitive leaves.  Plants can be grown mounted on pieces of cork bark or potted up in small containers filled with large, firm pieces of cork.

Angraecum calceolus flourishes in very humid environments, which means that a large terrarium or vivarium will make the perfect home for these plants.  I like to mist, water, and feed my orchids using rainwater.  It’s quicker and easier to use tap water to water plants, but I don’t recommend doing this as over time, tap water can be harmful to orchids.  Collecting rainwater provides the perfect solution; this is a simple and free method of caring for your orchids.

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