Nervilia affinis Schltr. 1924

Photo by Orchid Herbarium Kew-Petterson & Nilsson


Another Drawing

Drawings by Perrier and Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Warm Cool Fall EARLY Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Similar Nervilia

Flower Size

Found in Reunion and Madagascar in rather dry to wet, humid evergreen forests at elevations of 700 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with subglose tubers giving rise to a stem carrying suborbicular to reniform, apiculate, sprinkled shortly hairy, thick, 7 veined, cordate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and early winter on an erect, generally 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, glabrous, provided with 2 hyaline, adpressed, apiculate sheaths, single flowered inflorescence with oblong, apiculate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Synonyms Nervilia perrieri Schltr. 1924; Nervilia pilosa Schltr. & H.Perrier 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing ok; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as N perrieri; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as N pilosa; Orchid Monographs 5 Petterson 1991 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb and Hermans 2009; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide;