Nervilia petraea (Afzel. ex Sw.) Summerh. 1945 SECTION Linervia

Photo by Petterson & Nilsson


Drawing by Thouars and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Deep shadeHotCoolSpring

Common Name The Rock Loving Nervilia

Flower Size

Found in Benin, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Zaire, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius in grasslands, deciduous forests, plantations and coastal forests at elevations of sea level to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with an erect stem without the subsessile, glabrous, suborbicular, wavy margin, prostrate leaf at anthesis that blooms in the spring on an erect, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Aplostellis ambigua A.Rich. 1828; Aplostellis simplex Thouars 1822; Aplostellis truncata Lindl. 1840; *Arethusa petraea Afzel. ex Sw. 1805; Nervilia afzelii Schltr. 1911; Nervilia afzelii var. grandiflora Summerh. 1936;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Arethusa simplex drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as N simplex drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963 as N afzelii; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 drawing leaf only; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Orchids of the Central African Republic a Provisional Checklist Cribb & Fay 1986; Orchid Monographs 5 Petterson 1991 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Orchids of Madagascar, Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb and Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009