Nervilia bicarinata (Blume) Schltr.

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Nervilia bicarinata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue River Gorge

Nervilia bicarinata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue River Gorge

Nervilia bicarinata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue River Gorge

Nervilia bicarinata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue River Gorge

Nervilia bicarinata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue River Gorge

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Synonyms: Nervilia umbrosa (Rchb.f.) Schltr.
Pogonia bicarinata Blume
Pogonia umbrosa (Rchb. f.) Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect terrestrial herb 17–75 cm tall, hairless except for lip and subterranean parts. Tuber subspherical or ovoid, 1–4.7 cm wide, 3–7-noded. Leaf solitary, appearing after flowering, held horizontally well above ground, very large, up to 22.5 cm long and 26.5 cm wide, orbicular, deeply cordate at base, hairless, 10–30-veined, heavily pleated; petiole 5–26 cm long. Inflorescence laxly up to 12-flowered, with 2–5 sheathing cataphylls. Flowers evenly spaced, 2–4 cm apart. Sepals and petals subequal, lanceolate, greenish; lateral sepals slightly oblique, 17–31 mm; petals slightly shorter than sepals.Lip ovate, 20–31 mm long, greenish-white with purple or green veins, obscurely 3-lobed, with 2 fleshy pubescent ridges; side lobes short, oblong to shortly triangular, enclosing the column; mid-lobe triangular to ovate, recurved. Capsule c. 13 mm long.
Notes: The specimens in the images (Wursten BW1863, EOWBL) represent the first record for Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In riverine forest, often near waterfalls.
Altitude range: 180 - 1100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread but sporadic in Africa, Comoros, Mascarene Islands, Madagascar, Oman and Yemen.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 12 November 2017

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Nervilia bicarinata., retrieved 18 July 2024

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