Aerides - Loureiro

An Indo-Malesian genus of about 20 predominantly epiphytic, very rarely lithophytic species with long, stout, stems, loriform leaves and a simple or branched, erect or pendulous raceme of large showy flowers. Eight species are known from India. Three species are known from Kerala.

1. Aerides crispa Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orch. 239.1833; J.D.Hook, 1890:45; Fischer in Gamble 1928:1442;Santapau and Kapadia 1966:122; Saldanha in Saldanha and Nicolson 1976:812; Abraham and Vatsala 1981:446; Joseph 1982:79 and 1987:176..

Aerides lindleyana Wight, Ic. Pl. Ind. Or. 5 (1): 9.t. 1677.1851.

This is an exceedingly beautiful species with large and showy, white suffused pink flowers that last long period.

Occurrence: Palghat, Kannur, Wayanad Districts.

Distribution: Regional Endemic (Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu).

2. Aerides ringens (Lindl.) Fischer, Bull. Misc. Inform. 1928:284.1928 and Fischer in Gamble 1928:1442: Santapau and kapadia 1966:119: Jayaweera in Dassanayake and Fosberg 1981:205; Abraham and Vatsala 1981:446; Joseph 1982:81; Seidenfaden in Mathew 1983:1793; Joseph 1987:181.

Saccolabium ringens Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orch. 221.1833.

Aerides radicosa Aerides Rich., Ann. Sci. Nat. Bot. (ser.2) 15:65.1841; J.D.Hook. 1890:46.

Saccolabium paniculatum Wight, Ic. Pl. Ind. Or. 5(1): 9.t. 1676.1851.

S.rubrum auct. non Lindl.: Wight 1851:9.t.1673.Aerides lineare J.D.Hook., Fl. Brit. Ind. 6:47.1890.

A highly variable species with white to pink flowers on a simple to much branched inflorescence.

Occurrence: Trivandrum, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Trichur, Palghat and Kannur Districts.

Distribution: Southern India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu) to Sri Lanka.




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