Nervilia kotschyi (Rchb. f.) Schltr.
var. kotschyi

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Nervilia kotschyi var. kotschyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Cascades road to Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Nervilia kotschyi var. kotschyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Cascades road to Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Nervilia kotschyi var. kotschyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Cascades road to Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

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Synonyms: Nervilia diantha Schltr.
Nervilia sakoae Jum. & H. Perrier
Pogonia kotschyi Rchb. f.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial herb up to 28 cm tall. Leaf solitary, prostrate, appearing after the flowers are finished, broadly ovate, up to 12 × 11 cm, cordate, acuminate, grey-green above, often purplish below, somewhat pleated along the veins with toothed ridges along the pleats. Inflorescence 2-3(6) flowered at the end of an erect flowering stem. Petals and sepals similar, yellowish-green, linear lanceolate, 1.4-2 cm long. Lip whitish, heavily streaked with purple-brown, 3-lobed; side lobes erect; midlobe c. 10 mm wide, reflexed.
Derivation of specific name: kotschyi: after Karl Georg Theodor Kotschy (1813-1866), Austrian botanical explorer and plant collector in the Orient.
Habitat: In deciduous woodland, often forming small colonies on poor soils.
Altitude range: 400 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
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Content last updated: Sunday 1 February 2009

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Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 84. As Nervilia kotschyi

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Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 123.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Pages 146 - 147. as Nervilia kotschyi (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 138.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Page 144. As Nervilia kotschyi (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Nervilia kotschyi var. kotschyi
Flora of Zambia: Nervilia kotschyi var. kotschyi
Flora of Zimbabwe: Nervilia kotschyi var. kotschyi

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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 kotschyi var. kotschyi., retrieved 24 May 2024

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