Nervilia lilacea Jum. & H.Perrier 1911 SECTION Linervia Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Fragrance Full shade Warm Cool LATERSpring

Common Name Gassner's Nervilia [Original co-collector of species]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique?, Madagascar, Zambia and Transvaal South Africa in riverine and submontane forests at elevations of 900 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a subspherical to ovoid tuber giving rise to a solitary, appearing after flowering, prostrate, glabrous, cordate, subacute to obtuse, triangular apically, 5 to 7 veined, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, terete, .4 to 2.4" [1 to 6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying a slightly fragrant flower.

Synonyms Nervilia gassneri B.Pett. 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photosField Guide tothe Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009; The Orchids of Madagascar Hermans Dupuy, Cribb and Bosser 2007;