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

Plant in situ

Photo by Senghas/Linder and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade HotWarm Spring Summer

Common Name or Meaning Rensch's Nervilia [German Orchid Enthusiast in 1800's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Zaire, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Natal South Africa and Madagascar in brachystegia woodlands and riverine forest fringe at elevations of 100 to 900 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a subspherical to ovoid tuber giving rise to a solitary, after flowering, large, prostrate, reniform to almost orbicular, apiculate, glabrous, 11 to 20 veined, heavily pleated, lateral veins strongly curved towards the leaf margin, deeply cordate below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through summer on an erect, thick, yellowish-brown to purple, laxly rather densely 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Nervilia grandiflora Schltr. 1924; Nervilia insolata Jum. & H.Perrier 1912; Nervilia natalensis Schelpe 1966; *Pogonia renschiana Rchb.f. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans Dupuy, Cribb and Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo flower only;

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