Nervilia jacksoniae Rinehart & Fosberg 1991

Photo by Agnes Rinehart

Leaf in situ Guam

Photo by The University of Guam HerbariumWebsite

Full shade Hot LATER Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name or Meaning Jackson's Nervilia

Flower Size less than .4" [less than 1 cm]

Found in the Marianas, mostly on the islands of Guam and Rota, at elevations under 400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing terrestrial with a small, subglobose tuber giving rise to an erect, 1.6 to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence holding the flower pointing upwards. After the flower closes the inflorescence doubles in length and grows the fruit capsule which matures within one month and as that occurs kidney shaped leaves emerge that are hairy above, three to seven veined, between each vein the margin is angled and by the late winter the leaves are withered and the plant rests for 2 months with the flowers arising in the later spring.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Ferns and Orchids of the Mariana Islands Raulerson & Rinehart 1992 photo fide;