Also known as
African Ansellia, Imfeyenkawu
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This plant has a mild fragrance
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Leopard Orchid Overview
A magnificent large orchid, this perennial epiphytic plant is found growing in clumps attached to trees. It has white needle-like aerial roots that form a basket like structure which catches decaying leaves for the plant to feed on. If given the right conditions and plenty of bright light, this orchid will flower prolifically. The flowers appear during Spring and are yellow with brown or maroon spots. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.
Common problems with Leopard Orchid
Scale, red spider mite, mealybug
How to harvest Leopard Orchid
Flowers can be cut for the vase - it will last around 10 days.
How to propagate Leopard Orchid
Cut through the rhizome which connects the pseudobulb using a sterile knife or cutters. Make sure that each section has at least three pseudobulbs.
Special features of Leopard Orchid
Attracts useful insects
Hawk moths visit the fragrant flowers at night.
Eagle owls have been observed making a nest in a large clump of the orchid.
Colours range from green to yellow with brown to maroon spots.
Other uses of Leopard Orchid
Zulus make a tea from the pseudobulb which is used as an emetic, and the Pedi use it to suppress coughing in young children.