Angraecum equitans has leathery leaves and crystaline white, fragrant flowers

 Angraecum equitans
     These are native to northwest Madagascar; the Sambirano valley around Mount Tsaratanana. At this writing, it is January and our plants are exhibiting the typical signs of slight dehydration. This species does not seem to respond to attempts to provide additional moisture during its resting period. Potting in clay with a fast draining medium would possibly help this condition but it just seems to have an annual cycle where the leaves plump up during the growing season and shrivel slightly during its resting period. In our experience, equitans prefers intermediate conditions, not the cool to cold temperature that some would claim.

Very little cultural information is currently available for this and many other obscure Angraecoid species. We are growing ours on a south facing screen in fairly bright filtered light, surrounded by spanish moss. We water daily as we do for most plaques with RO water and dilute fertilizer and micronutrient supplements. We cut back to 2 or 3 weekly waterings during the winter as our days get short and temperatures stay in the 60s and 70s. So far they seem to grow at a steady rate and do not exhibit the need for a pronounced dormancy. This plant is from our breeding program; the parent plants are from Madagascar.