Aerides multiflorum

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Aerides multiflorum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Vandeae
Subtribe: Aeridinae
Alliance: Phalaenopsis
Genus: Aerides
Species: A. multiflora
Binomial name
Aerides multiflora
Roxb. (1820)
  • Aerides affinis Wall. ex J. Lindl. (1833)
  • Aerides lobbii Lem. (1868)
  • Aerides veitchii E. Morren (1876)
  • Aerides godefroyana Rchb.f. (1886)
  • Aerides multiflora var. godefroyana (Rchb.f.) H.J. Veitch (1887)
  • Epidendrum geniculatum Hook.f. (1890)
  • Aerides multiflora var. lobbii H.J. Veitch (1891)
  • Aerides multiflora var. veitchii (E. Morren) H.J. Veitch (1891)
  • Cleisostoma vacherotiana Guillaumin (1948)
  • Aerides multiflora var. dactyloides M. Ahmed & al. (1989)

Aerides multiflora (The Multi-Flowered Aerides) is a species of orchid, native to Southeast Asia, the Coromandel Coast, and Bangladesh.[1]

Synonymy and confusion[edit]

In 1820, William Roxburgh published a description of Aerides multiflora.[2] In 1882, João Barbosa Rodrigues published a description of a very different plant under the name of Epidendrum geniculatum.[3] Eight years later, in 1890, Joseph Dalton Hooker published a description of an orchid now recognized as Aerides multiflora Roxb. and named it Epidendrum geniculatum.[4] Thus, Epidendrum geniculatum Barb.Rodr. is a very different taxon from Epidendrum geniculatum Hook.f., a synonym for Aerides multiflora Roxb., the subject of this article.