Nervilia stolziana Schltr.

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Nervilia stolziana

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Mafinga Mountains, Mafinga District, Muchinga Province

Nervilia stolziana

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Mafinga Mountains, Mafinga District, Muchinga Province

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Synonyms: Nervilia fuerstenbergiana sensu Williamson in Orch. S. Centr. Africa: 145 (1977), non Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect terrestrial herb 2.7–13.5 cm tall, glabrous except for leaf, lip and subterranean parts. Tuber 6–9 mm in diameter, subspherical or ovoid, 3–4-noded. Leaf solitary, appearing after flowering, prostrate, 1.4–3.0(3.9) × 2.0–3.5(4.2) cm, reniform to orbicular, obtuse, covered with short stiff hairs on the upper surface and often with a silvery reticulate pattern, usually purple beneath; veins(5)7–11; petiole 5–7 mm long, sulcate with 1–2 sheathing cataphylls. Scape erect, terete, 1-flowered, with 2–3 sheathing cataphylls, lengthening to 16–23 cm when fruiting. Flowers ± horizontal; bracts 0.5–3 mm long. Sepals and petals spreading, closing again after about 8 hours anthesis or after pollination, subequal, linear-lanceolate, acute, reddish-green; lateral sepals slightly oblique, 12–16 × 2 mm; petals slightly shorter, to 14 mm long. Lip 14–23(including spur) × 8–12.5 mm, elliptic to elliptic-cuneate, spurred, lilac, mauve or red with white markings and yellow centre, with numerous long papillae on inner surface; veins with several anostomoses; spur straight, short, often slightly bifid, 3–4.2 × 2.6 mm. Column almost straight, 6–7 mm long, clavate, glabrous; pollinia yellow, c. 2.5 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: stolzii: after Adolf Ferdinand Stolz (1871-1917), German missionary, merchant and plant collector in Angola and Malawi, particularly of orchids.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC (Katanga), Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 142 - 143. Also as Nervilia fuerstenbergiana (Includes a picture).

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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 stolziana., retrieved 20 April 2024

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