Mystacidium capense

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Mystacidium capense

Common Name: Cape Of Good Hope Mystacidium
Scented: yes, nocturnally Jasmine
Light Requirements: deep shade
Temperature Requirements: intermediate to hot
Blooms: late spring to early summer
Flower Size: 1.5cm to 3cm
Synonyms: Aeranthes filicornis (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1864; Angraecum capense Lindl. 1830-40; *Epidendrum capense L. f. 1782; Epidorchis longicornis (Sw.) Kuntze 1891; Limodorum longicornu Sw. 1799; Mystacidium filicorne Lindley 1836; Mystacidium longicornu T. Durand & Schinz 1895

A miniature sized, clump forming, shade and humidity loving, hot to warm growing epiphyte that is best grown mounted, comes from South Africa from sea-level to 700m in the dry savannahs and in evergreen forests in deep shade and has a monopodial growth habit with a short stem covered by sheathing leaf bases each carrying spreading, obovate to oblanceolate, unequally roundly or obtusely bilobed apically leaves that are articulated to the basal leaf sheath bases and all held in one plane that blooms on an axillary, pendant, 5cm to 10cm long, few to several [6 to 12] flowered, racemose inflorescence with ovate to obovate, acute or apiculate floral bracts and carrying nocturnally Jasmine scented flowers and occurring in the late spring and summer. Mount this species on cork and hang in semi-shade, give cold to warm temperatures, regular water with a definite drying out and a dry winter rest.


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