Nervilia fuerstenbergiana Schltr. 1911

Photo by F Halle & M F Trouslot

TYPE Drawing

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

Full shade Cool Winter Spring

Common Name or Meaning Fuerstenberg's Nervilia [German Count and Orchid Enthusiast later 1800's]

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm]

Found in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Cosat, Ghana, Burkino Faso, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Gulf Of Guinea Islands, Zaire and Tanzania in forests and cypress plantations as a miniature sized, cool growing terrestrial with a small tuber giving rise after blooming to a suberect, solitary, cordate, broadly triangular apex, glabrous, green, sometimes marked above and flushed beneath with purple, abruptly narrowing below into the thin, petiolate base leaf that blooms winter and spring on an erect, terete, to 3.2" [8 cm] or less long, single flowered inflorescence that elongates after fruiting has begun and has 1 to 2 acuminate sheaths and an ovate floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing ok?; Orchid Monographs 5 Petterson 1991 drawing/photo fide; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide;