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Angraecum sesquipedale (Darwin's Orchid)

Angraecum sesquipedale (Darwin's Orchid)<span class="cross"></span>
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4.5"-5" Flowering Size - NOT In-Spike ($60.00)
5.5" var. bosseri (syn. angustifolium) - NOT In-Spike ($60.00)

This is the famous Darwin orchid, native to the island of Madagascar, with large white flowers with up to 12-inch long spurs (nectary). Darwin predicted the pollinator to be a moth with a 12" proboscis. Years later, it was discovered to be true. The moth, Xanthopan morgani praedicta (named for Darwins prediction of such a moth), was found to be the official pollinator. Very nice plants that are flowering size. Also known as the Star of Bethlehem Orchid or Comet Orchid as it flowers near the end of September or sometimes later in January. Fragrant at night. Here is a link to this plant on Youtube if you would like to see it flowering and being visited by a moth in nature:


The bosseri variety of Angcm. sesquipedale is from a different region of Madagascar. These plants feature a slightly narrower growth habit and flowers that differ in both blooming season and size from the classic sesquipedale. They are approximately Easter-blooming and should have shorter flower petals and slightly shorter nectaries.

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An orchid plant may arrive in bud, in bloom or in various stages of in-spike development. A plant in-spike can take anywhere from 1 week to 2 months before flowers begin to open. We are one of the few nurseries to ship orchids in spike or bloom. Most of the time our carefully wrapped orchids in-spike or in-bloom arrive in good condition. However, due to conditions beyond our control, we cannot guarantee that all flower spikes, flowers, or buds will arrive in perfect condition.

An orchid will arrive while it is not currently spiking or blooming due to being either before or after its bloom season. Check the "Bloom Season" information on the product page to see when the plant is expected to spike and flower. Many orchid lovers and hobbyists prefer plants that are not in-spike in order to watch the first stages of the spike emerging all the way through to the reward of the bloom! If you are sending a plant as a gift, you generally want to send the plant in-spike unless the gift receiver would prefer otherwise.