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Angrecum - Angraecum sesquipedale

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GeneralitŠ°

The genus Angraecum has about two hundred species of orchids, originating in southern Africa, widespread mainly in Madagascar; they are devoid of pseudobulbs, epiphytes, and have various sizes, some species are almost miniature, others have vigorous plants and very large flowers. The flowers are pure white, sometimes greenish or suffused with yellow or pink. Angrecum sesquipedale has very large white, star-shaped flowers; at the base of the corolla a long spur develops, which can reach 25-30 cm in length. This orchid was discovered by C. Darwin in the mid-1800s. It has long fleshy leaves, which grow paired along the vigorous stem, the plants of Angraecum sesquipedale can reach 30-40 cm in height. The flowers are very fragrant, especially during the evening hours. Plants tend to develop long, silver-green aerial roots.


Exposure

The Angraecum sesquipedale prefer very bright positions, but far from direct sun rays, at least during the hottest hours of the day and in summer periods; they can also be kept on the windowsill, taking care to shield the sunlight with a light curtain. They fear the cold, and prefer night temperatures above 15 ° C. In summer it is advisable to leave them in a shady, well-ventilated and fairly cool place, trying to avoid prolonged exposures at temperatures well above 35 ° C.

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