Nervilia nipponica Makino 1909

Side View of Flowers

Inflorescence and Flowers in situ Japan

Leaf in situ Japan

Side View of Leaf in situ Japan Photos by Hisanori Takeuchi and his Orchids of the World Website


Common Name The Japanese Nervilia - In Japan Mukago-saishin

Flower Size

Found Japan, Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan in shady areas of primary, broad-leafed, and semi-deciduous, mixed and coniferous forests on rocky limestone at elevations of 1300 to 1400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial that has a single, cordate, 3 lobed, obtuse leaf that blooms after leaf fall on an erect, 6" [15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a nodding flower.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; < Ahref=""> KEW BULLETIN 62: 8594 Studies in Asian Nervilia (Orchidaceae) I: neotypification and circumscription of N. nipponica in JapaStephan Gale*, Tomohisa Yukawa & Nobuhito Kuroiwa 2007 drawing/photo fide