Nervilia aragoana Commons ex Gaudich. 1826 SECTION Nervilia Photos by Ka Dai

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Plant in situ Photos courtesy of Donald Tan

Leaf Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Full shade HotCold Spring

Common Name The Aragoa-Like Nervilia [A genus from the New World] - Australia - The Tall Sheild Orchid - In Thailand Wan phra chim - in China Guang Bu Yu Lan

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found from Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, India, Nepal, Pakistan, western Himalayas, Chinese Himalayas, Andaman Islands, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Lesser Sunda Islands, Malaysia, Mollucas, Philipines, Sulawesi, Papua and New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Queensland Australia, Fiji, Niue, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futna, Marianas, the Carolines and Taiwan in rainforests at elevations of sealevel to 2300 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cold growing terrestrial with 1" [2.5 cm] tubers each producing a single, long petiole, widely plicate, kidney-shaped, light green leaf with radiating veins and a concentric semi-circle of brown blotches around the middle of the leaf, and blooms on an erect, to 12" [to 30 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence that arises in the spring with the rather nondescript flowers appearing before the leaf emerges.

Varies greatly within it's large range, with larger and smaller lips, with more or less ornamentation through the mid lobe and diferent shapes to the trilobed, lip apex,

In India and the Malaysian penninsula leaves of this species are boiled and then drinking the liquid after childbirth to alleviate potential illnesses.

Synonyms Aplostellis aragoana [Gaud.] Ridl. 1924; Aplostellis flabelliformis [Lindl] Ridl. 1924; Cordyla concolor Blume 1825; Epipactis carinata Roxb. 1832; Nervilia carinata (Roxb.) Schltr. 1911; Nervilia flabelliformis [Lindl.]Tang & Wang 1951; Nervilia scottii (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1911; Nervilia tibetensis Rolfe 1913; Nervilia yaeyamensis Hayata 1912; Pogonia carinata (Roxb.) Lindl. 1840; Pogonia concolor (Blume) Blume 1849; Pogonia gracilis Bl 1858; Pogonia flabelliformis Lindl. 1840; Pogonia nervilia Bl. 1849; Pogonia scottii Rchb.f. 1872; Roptrostemon concolor (Blume) Lindl. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Pogonia scottii drawing fide; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Pogonia carinata drawing fide; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as Pongonia [sic] carinata and Pongonia [Sic] flabelliformis and Pongonia [sic] scottii; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Pogonia scottii drawing fide; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Smith 1905 as Pogonia gracilis; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Pogonia flabelliformis drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Pogonia carinata drawing fide; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Smith 1905 as Pogonia flabelliformis; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 as Pogonia flabelliformis drawing ok?; Icones plantarum formosanarum nec non et contributiones ad floram formosanam Hayata 1912 as N yaeyamensis; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985 drawing good; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 10 1958 drawing as Pogonia scotii; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 4 1959; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 6 1978; Orchid Genera in Thailand Vol VI Seidenfaden 1978 drawing ok; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo maybe; The Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2002 photo fide; Orchid Flora Of Kamrup District Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo hmm; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Flora Malesiana; Orchids of New Guinea Vol IV Schuitman, deVogel 2006; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing leaf only ok; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as N scottii; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo collection sheet; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 plant only photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide to the first photo; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;