Nervilia renschiana (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1911 SECTION Nervilia

Photo by Kurzweil


Drawing by Petterson


Plant in situ

Photo by Senghas/Linder and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade HotWarm Spring Summer

Common Name or Meaning Rensch's Nervilia [German Orchid Enthusiast in 1800's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Zaire, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Natal South Africa and Madagascar in brachystegia woodlands and riverine forest fringe at elevations of 100 to 900 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a subspherical to ovoid tuber giving rise to a solitary, after flowering, large, prostrate, reniform to almost orbicular, apiculate, glabrous, 11 to 20 veined, heavily pleated, lateral veins strongly curved towards the leaf margin, deeply cordate below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through summer on an erect, thick, yellowish-brown to purple, laxly rather densely 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Nervilia grandiflora Schltr. 1924; Nervilia insolata Jum. & H.Perrier 1912; Nervilia natalensis Schelpe 1966; *Pogonia renschiana Rchb.f. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as N insolata; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 as N insolata drawing leaf only; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 as N insolata drawing fide; Orchid Monographs 5 Petterson 1991 drawing/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; photo fide Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Dupuy, Cribb and Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo flower only;