Cyrtorchis arcuata var. whytei

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Cyrtorchis arcuata var. whytei (not my photo)

Common Name: The Bow-Shaped Raceme Cyrtorchis
Scented: yes, nocturnal
Light Requirements: full sun
Temperature Requirements: cool to hot
Blooms: summer
Flower Size: 3.75cm
Synonyms: Angorchis arcuata (Lindl. ex Hook. f.) Kuntze 1891; Angorchis sedenii Kuntze 1891; *Angraecum arcuatum Lindley 1866; Angraecum sedeni L. Linden & Barb. Rodr. 1884; Angraecum sedenii (Rchb.f.) N.E.Br. 1882; Angraecum sedenii (Rchb.f.) G.Nicholson 1884; Angraecum whytei (Rolfe) De Wild. 1916; Cyrtorchis arcuata subsp. leonensis Summerh. 1960; Cyrtorchis arcuata subsp. whytei (Rolfe) Summerh. 1960 ; Cyrtorchis arcuata var. variabilis (Summerh.) Geerinck 1988; Cyrtorchis arcuata var. whytei (Rolfe) Geerinck 1992; Cyrtorchis bracteata Schltr. 1915; Cyrtorchis neglecta Summerhayes 1960; Cyrtorchis sedeni [Rchb.f] Schlechter 1918; Cyrtorchis whytei (Rolfe) Schltr. 1918 ; Listrostachys arcuata [Lindley] Rchb.f 1864; Listrostachys sedeni Rchb.f 1878; Listrostachys whytei Rolfe 1898

A widespread, small sized, cool to hot growing epiphyte or occasional monopodial lithophyte from Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cape Province, Natal, and Transvaal South Africa found most often in woodlands but sometimes riverine forests at or around elevations of 600m to 2500m that has a stout, long, pendulous, stem enveloped by presistent, distichous, dark brown leaf sheaths carrying many, robust aerial roots and 6 to 12, oblong, obliquely apically bilobed, fleshy coriaceous leaves needs bright light to bloom well with an axillary, bracteate, raceme up to 20cm in length, with up to 10 to 14 waxy, nocturnally sweetly fragrant flowers with prominent bracts occurring in the summer. This species is best grown in a basket or mounted on treefern and needs high humidity, cool to warm temperatures and a cooler and drier winter rest.


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