Nervilia kotschyi (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1911 SECTION Nervilia

Photo by © Petterson

N kotschyi var purpurata

Photo © by Bart Wursten and his Flora of Zimbabwe Website

Common Name Kotschy's Nervilia [Austrian Botanist in Eastern Sudan 1800's]

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in Benin, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Central African Republic, Zaire, Chad, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Transvaal and Madagascar in grasslands and rocky ridges in poor sandy to limey soils in deep shade at elevations of 1200 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a solitary, horizontal to erect, broadly cordate to rarely broadly ovate, dark green above, sometimes purple beneath veins carrying a raised, more or less raggedy lacerate keel, shortly petiolate, plicate leaf that arises after the seed-capsules have set and withered and before they bloom in the spring on an erect, to 11.2" [28 cm] long, 2 to 7 flowered inflorescence with linear, setose floral bracts.

Synonyms Nervilia abyssinica (Chiov.) Schltr.1920; Nervilia dalbergiae Jum. & H.Perrier 1912; Nervilia diantha Schltr. 1915; Nervilia kotschyi var. purpurata (Rchb.f. & Sond.) Börge Pett. 1990; Nervilia plicata var. purpurea (Hayata) S.S.Ying 1990; Nervilia purpurata (Rchb.f. & Sond.) Schltr. 1903; Nervilia sakoae Jum. & H.Perrier 1912; Pogonia abyssinica Chiov. 1911; *Pogonia kotschyi Rchb.f. 1864; Pogonia purpurata Rchb.f. & Sond 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as N purpurata drawing ok; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo ok; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as N purpurata photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 drawing leaf only; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 as N purpurata drawing leaf only; Orchids of the Central African Republic a Provisional Checklist Cribb & Fay 1986; Orchid Monographs 5 Petterson 1991 drawing/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing leaf only; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide