Nephrangis filiformis (Kraenzl.) Summerh. 1948 Photos by W Bachmann and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Filiform Nephrangis

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Ivory Coast, Liberia, Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia in forests and woodland trees at elevations of 600 to 2000 meters as a warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, usually branched, pendent, leafy distally stems enveloped by persistent leaf sheaths and carrying aciculiform, terete, usually arcuate, acute, glabrous to minutely pubescent at the base, obscurely rugulose basally leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an abbreviated, .2 to .6" [.5 to 1.5 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, amplexicaul, scarious floral bracts.

Easily separated from N bertauxiana by the shorter straight spur, and smaller flowers.

Synonyms Angraecum filiforme (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1905; *Listrostachys filiformis Kraenzl. 1895; Tridactyle filiformis (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Die Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing good/photo not = N bertauxiana; Flora of Tropical East Africa Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 drawing fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 drawing fide