longicalcar Mem. Fred Hillerman x self
This is a very special orchid
species, and one that everyone interested in angraecoids and/or in conservation
should include in their collection. Angraecum longicalcar is listed as
'Critically Endangered' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and
The Royal Botanic Gardens [Kew] declared it extinct in the wild [Madgascar]
at one point. It is now being re-introduced to former habitats. It has
also gone by the name Angraecum eburneum var. longicalcar; the main portion
of the flower is very much like ebernum [superbum, giryamae, comorense].
What sets it apart is its extremely long spur or nectary. It can be up
to 16” long; much like that of Angraecum sesquipedale. Though not a good
choice for anyone with limited space (they eventually get quite large),
they are great plants and well-worth every inch of space they take. They’re
not particularly difficult to grow as far as angraecoids go (though we
don’t recommend it as a first orchid), and the flowers are beautiful,
fragrant and amazingly long lasting!
We've written an article about Angraecum longicalcar for the American
Orchid Society which you can find under Culture Information
under Interact on our home page or click here
to read the article.