Nervilia fordii (Hance) Schltr. 1911 SECTION Vinerlia

inflorescence in situ southern China

Photos by CVH


Drawing by Seidenfaden

Full shadeHotTo Warm LATERSpring

Common Name Ford's Nervilia - In China Mao Chun Yu Lan

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southern China, Thailand and Vietnam in damp shady locations in deep forests at elevations around 200 to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial orchid with a whitish, globose tuber giving rise to a stalk like, petiolate base leaf that is pale green on both surfaces, cordate-ovate, membraneous, glabrous, about 20 veined, margin undulate and acute that blooms in the later spring on an erect, 5.2 to 12" [13 to 30 cm] long, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with 3 to 6 tubular sheaths and reflexed, linear, slightly exceeding the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms *Pogonia fordii Hance 1885

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Pogonia fordii drawing hmm; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 32 nr 2 Orchids of Thailand VI Neottiideae Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;