Nephrangis filiformis (Kraenzl.) Summerh. 1948

Photo by Guy Chiron


Drawing by Williamson

Another Drawing

Drawing by Senghas 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 slightly larger flowers and the longer, knee-bent spur.

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; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; 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; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing fide; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 drawing fide