Nervilia pectinata P.J.Cribb 1977 SECTION Linervia Photo by Petterson


Photo by The Swiss Orchid Foudnation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool Cold LATER Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Comb-Like Nervilia

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in forests, eucalyptus plantations and in secondary grasslands at elevations of 1400 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a spherical to ellipsoid, tomentose tuber giving rise to a solitary, arising after the inflorescence has withered, horizontal but not prostrate, cordate, obscurely 7 angled, sparsely short white haired, dark green pale beneath to rarely dark purple leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, terete, to 5.2" [13 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2, acute sheaths and a lanceolate, acute floral bract. .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 drawing good leaf only; Orchid Monographs 5 Petterson 1991 drawing/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide