Ancistrochilus rothschildianus

Ancistrochilus rothschildianus

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Arethuseae
SubTribe: Bletiinae
Genus: Ancistrochilus
Species: Ancstrc. rothschildianus
Binomial name
Ancistrochilus rothschildianus
O'Brien 1907

Ancistrochilus rothschildianus is a species in the genus Ancistrochilus.


Plant blooms from summer through winter with three to five flowers. Flowers are 5.5 cm wide and fragrant.The flowers have a mild, spicy fragrance with a hint of a metallic odor.

Ancistrochilus rothschildianus is a sympodial epiphytic plant with wide, conical or pyriform pseudobulbs that each carry two to three broad, acute, lanceolate leaves. The shape of the pseudobulbs has been described as similar to that of Hershey's Kisses.A deciduous species from a region with a very pronounced dry season, A. rothschildianus goes into a state of abscission and loses leaves before it comes into flower.At the end or the dry season, the flowers appear from the base of the mature, leafless pseudobulb in a pubescent inflorescence. Each plant produces three to four large (8 cm across), attractive, and showy flowers are that are dusky rose pink in color with a three-lobed lip that is magenta in color and ends in an elongated, narrow, curved projection


Plant is found growing on large branches and tree trunks in Guinea, Sierra Leone and across to Uganda at elevations of 500 to 1100 meters


Plants should be grown in shade with intermediate temperatures. Grow in a well drained terrestrial mix with medium bark and perlite. Keep plant media moist and water regularly during growth season. During winter reduce watering. Do not let the mix dry out.


Ancistrochilus rothschildianus1 Ancistrochilus rothschildianus variant Sepals and petals are pink. Lip is magenta.
Ancistrochilus rothschildianus2 Ancistrochilus rothschildianus variant Sepals and petals are purple. Lip is magenta.


Common Names: Rothschild's Ancistrochilus


  1. Ancistrochilus thomsonianus var. gentilii De Wild. 1903
  2. Ancistrochilus hirsutissimus Kraenzl. 1914
  3. Pachystoma rothschildiana (O'Brien) Sander 1927