|Species or Hybrid Name||curnowianum|
(Source: With the permission of the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)|
|Growth Habit||It grows quite close to its mount, with a flower spike that grows down and away from the plant, sometimes bearing a single flower, sometimes branching to produce more flowers but in the plants and pictures I've seen rarely more than 2 flowers per spike.|
|Temp Range||Warm - 65-70°F|
|Humidity||Medium - 60% - 80%|
|Origin||North and Central Eastern Madagascar to 1400m|
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|Angraecum curnowianum at the OSGB show, Wisley, Surrey.|
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|General||A beautiful miniature orchid, with flowers usually between 1 and 2.25 inches, and a spur that may be up to 6 inches in length. It has short, fairly broad, slightly tapering leaves, approx. 1 inch in length, dark in colour, not necessarily green, and sometimes with spotting and a coloured edge.|
|Cultivation||Assuming this is the correct Angraecum curnowianum (syn. Aerangis curnowiana - please see Other Information, below), it needs a minimum of intermediate temperatures, leaning towards warm or hot. I have put medium humidity, but suspect towards the higher end (I couldn't find anything about humidity). Water daily, early in the day so the roots are not wet in the evenings (especially in cooler weather), and fertilize weekly. It should be grown in deep shade.|
|Other Info||I found this on the internet under its pseudonym of Aerangis curnowiana, which was the name on the plant label however, Kew has its accepted name as Angraecum curnowianum, and that is how I have listed it here. Unfortunately photos of Angraecum curnowianum on the web usually show a large plant resembling Angraecum sesquipidale and similar species, while still detailing it as a miniature. This caused me a great deal of grief while trying to research it. Because of this confusion, I was a bit wary of listing it, and hesitate to be more specific about it, but I hope I have it correct here. If anyone can provide any more information, or shine further light into this, I would appreciate it. Please use the form on the contact page.
This is not a species I have ever tried to grow, nor seen offered for sale, and I've only seen it exhibited once.|
|Note||Cultural information should only be used as a guide, and should be to be adapted to suit you. Your physical location; where you grow your plants, how much time you have to devote to their care, and many other factors, will need to be taken into account. Only then can you decide on the cultural methods that best suit you and your plants.
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