Orchidaceae, Angraecum eichleirianum – Gabon, Central West Africa
Angraecum is a genus of about 220 species, most of which are found in tropical Africa and Madagascar. I photographed this one in Gabon, Central West Africa. Many of the species of this genus are thought to be the most magnificent of all orchids. Due to their adaptation to dry, tropical woodlands they have fleshy leaves.
Many of the Angraecum species are considered to be endangered of extinction in the wild. The genus is listed as one of the top conservation priorities by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Orchid Specialist Group.