Angraecum moandense

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zaire

Angraecum moandense is an orchid species that hails from the rainforests of a wide range of exotic, tropical locations, including: Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zaire.  Plants produce small, pale greenish yellow coloured flowers, which have reflexed petals and from a distance look rather leaf-like in their appearance.

This is a miniature orchid species whose natural home is growing in amongst trees and other plants, in damp humid rainforests, where competition for space is great and plants grow close to one another, growing cheek by jowl.  These orchids are usually found growing at between 1100 and 2100m above sea level.  Angraecum moandense is an epiphyte; this orchid species grows on top of other plants, it’s often found growing on shrubs.  These orchids do not take any sustenance from their host plant, but this miniature orchid species benefits from the partnership and the shared living arrangements, as Angraecum moandense plants are boosted up into the canopy of the forest, where these plants enjoy beneficial growing conditions and increased air circulation around their roots.

That’s not to say that Angraecum moandense would enjoy basking in the intense glare of the sun; this miniature orchid favours growing in slightly more shaded conditions, away from direct or harsh sunshine.  Angraecum moandense plants enjoy growing in soft, filtered light,  in a very humid environment.  This orchid species grows well when it’s mounted onto pieces of cork bark, slabs of wood, or branches.  Provide your plants with humid growing conditions, soft, filtered light, and gentle but continuous air circulation around their roots.

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