In the genera Vandopsis already presented, Phalaenopsis and Vanda have close relatives to Angraecum. While these predominantly in the tropical or. subtropical Asia, is the home of about 200 Angraecum species in tropical Africa and in the Malagasy area; one species has penetrated as far as the Philippines. For the Malagasy area alone will be around 150 endemic, d.h. only species restricted to this area are given. The name of ours 1804 by the French botanist J.. B. Bory-based genus can be traced back to the Malay name for epiphytically growing orchids "angrek" (see. in addition the popular name "angrek bulan" for Phalaenopsis amabilis).
Our way was 1882 described by the German botanist Kränzlin, who, by the way, also edited the genera Dendrobium and Oncidium monographically. It was named in honor of August Wilhelm Eichler, who is known to botanists as the author of the work "Bloom Diagrams".
The up 1 m long, The slightly flattened trunk of Angraecum eichlerianum lies fairly firmly on the base. He wears 8 to 12 cm long, short bilobed at the end, oblong-elliptical leaves. On relatively short ones, slender stems sit one or two of the roughly 7 cm wide flowers. The splayed sepals and petals are slightly bent back, the very broad, The shell-shaped labellum is provided with a point at the front and a longitudinal keel at the bottom and roughly at the back 4,5 cm long, knee-shaped curved spur elongated.
The area of our kind extends from Cameroon to northern Angola.