Mystacidium longinode is an orchid species identified by (Frapp. ex Cordem.) Cordem. in 1899. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Angraecum patens.
ORIGIN: A small sized, epiphytic or lithophytic, hot to cool growing orchid found in coastal forests in shady, humid forests usually the base of shrubs and trees at elevations of 30 to to 2000 meters.
DESCRIPTION: A small sized, epiphytic or lithophytic, hot to cool growing orchid found in coastal forests in shady, humid forests usually the base of shrubs and trees at elevations of 30 to to 2000 meters with very short stem carrying 3 to 10, narrowly lanceolate or ligulate, broad, distichous leaves that blooms in the summer on a racemose to paniculate, 6 to 12 [15 to 30 cm] long inflorescence with, laxly few to several [4 to 6] flowers and all shorter than the leaves that is found in Mozambique, Madagascar as well as the Indian Ocean Islands Of Comoros, Reunion, Mauritius, the Mascarenes and the Seychelles. This is one of two species that is found in Africa as well as the Indian Ocean Islands and is unusual in that, with older specimens, it is possible to have a branched inflorescence.
FLOWER SIZE: 4/5 inch [2 cm] Spur 1/3 to 1/2 inch [1 to 1.2 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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