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Orchidaceae, Angraecum eichleirianum – Gabon, Central West Africa

December 14, 2011

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.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2011 10:08:33 am

    All ur orchid photos are great..

    • December 14, 2011 10:08:37 am

      Thank you, I’ll put some more up. It’s the largest family in the plant kingdom, so should keep me busy for a while…

  2. December 14, 2011 10:08:33 pm

    What a cool design! Nature rocks!

  3. December 15, 2011 10:08:00 am

    stunning! what an amazing adaptation!

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