is native to a small region in northeastern Madagascar [not a particularly
safe place to call home right now]. It is a very small plant whose foliage
looks more like a succulent [gasteria or hawarthia] than an orchid. Despite
its succulent appearance, urschianum will quickly succumb if allowed to
become overly dry. We have had very good success with cork mounts and
coconut fiber pad. We grow them near our Angraecum filicornu and linearifolium
and give them a very brief rest during late fall and early winter. The
flowers are bigger than the plant (about an inch across) - and they have
extraordinarily long nectaries (about four inches long). Their disproportionate
bloom to plant size recommends them as a must for the Angraecoid lover
with limited space. Again, never allow them to dry completely!
We've written an article about Angraecum urschianum
for the American Orchid Society which you can find under Culture
Information under Interact on our home page or click
to read the article.