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Aerangis fuscata

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chuck-NH, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    I acquired this plant 2 years ago as Aerangis umbonata, but after a little reading, believe to be fuscata. Any thoughts? I do not have a lot of experience with Angraecoids, but have tried to find a few that can grow on the cool side and this has now survived two Winters.

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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Hello Chuck, very interesting. I have a plant that looks very similar.... Plant wise. The flowers might be a bit different. Here is a post, and lively discussion, about my plant Aerangis
    The flowers on mine when first open have a similar color to yours, but fade to nearly pure white. I never got a satisfactory identification, so I'll be following this thread.
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Yes...lively
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Bill,

    The sepals and petals have actually darkened a bit since opening. Just found a September 2017 article in Orchids that describes this as fuscata and also discusses two other species. I also saw an earlier posting on this forum where Gilles suggested fuscata for something that looks pretty close to mine.

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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Chuck, that's very interesting! The shape of your flower is the closest to the shape of mine that I've seen, and the plant size, shape and color look strikingly similar. It's been a couple of years since it's bloomed due to moving my greenhouse. It's recovered quite nicely and I'm expecting blooms this year.... I'll update when it does. I'll be paying close attention to the color change of the flowers over time.
     
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    Nice! Looked at laCroix's book, and read the Orchids article, and I agree with the ID. Bill's plant is definitely different. I'm looking forward to see the update, Bill.