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

Fragrance Full shade Warm Cool LATERSpring

Common Name The Lilac Nervilia

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 of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Orchid Monographs 5 Petterson 1991 drawing fide; Orchid Monographs 5 Petterson 1991 as N gassnerdrawing/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing fide; The Orchids of Madagascar Hermans Dupuy, Cribb and Bosser 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 & Hermans 2009;