Angraecum sacciferum

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Africa, Burundi, Cameroon, Eswatini, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Angraecum sacciferum is a miniature sized orchid species that can be found growing in the wild, over a widespread area.  This orchid species is a wild plant from many locations, including: Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sao Tome, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  Angraecum sacciferum grows as an epiphyte – when it’s found growing upon trees, and as an lithophyte – when plants are seen growing on or over rocky or stony surfaces, in wet areas, near rivers or streams.

This orchid species needs moisture, plants only succeed in very humid areas.  Angraecum sacciferum flourishes in rainforests, riverine forests, mountainous cloud forests, and other very damp, humid environments.  Plants can be found from 700m to 2500m above sea level.  On occasion, Angraecum sacciferum can be found growing in amongst Brachystegia trees.

Sacciferum means carrying a pouch or sack, a reference to this orchid species’ flower’s pouch like spur.  Angraecum sacciferum has the common name of the ‘Sack Carrying Angraecum’.  Plants bloom twice a year, in autumn and springtime.  Angraecum sacciferum plants produce small yellow-green coloured flowers.

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