Nervilia shirensis (Rolfe) Schltr.

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images

Nervilia shirensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Nervilia shirensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Synonyms: Nervilia buchananii (Rolfe) Schltr.
Pogonia buchananii Rolfe
Pogonia shirensis Rolfe
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect terrestrial herb up to 45 cm tall. Leaf solitary, erect, appearing after the flowers are finished, ovate to almost round, up to 16 × 11 cm, truncate or slightly cordate at the base, obtuse to acute at the apex, green on both surfaces, pleated with 6-10 veins; petiole 5.5-17 cm long. Inflorescence (1)2-3-flowered. Petals and sepals similar, greenish-yellow with reddish veins and tinge, linear lanceolate, 25-45 mm long; petals slightly shorter than sepals. Lip 20-40 mm long, cream to pale yellow, with prominent purple-red veins, 3-lobed; mid-lobe vate, reflexed, with 2 parallel fleshy ridges; side lobes oblong, erect, enclosing the column.
Derivation of specific name: shirensis: of the Shire Highlands in Malawi, where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, riverine forest, grassland and pine plantations.
Altitude range: (metres) 480 - 1950 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Monday 7 May 2012

Cribb, P. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 279.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 68.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 266 - 268. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 170 - 171. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 97.

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

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


comments powered by Disqus

Other sources of information about Nervilia shirensis:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Nervilia shirensis
Flora of Mozambique: Nervilia shirensis
Flora of Zambia: Nervilia shirensis

External websites:

African Plant Database: Nervilia shirensis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Nervilia shirensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Nervilia shirensis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Nervilia shirensis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Nervilia shirensis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Nervilia shirensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Nervilia shirensis
Ispot Southern Africa : Nervilia shirensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Nervilia shirensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Nervilia shirensis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Nervilia shirensis
Tropicos: Nervilia shirensis
West African Plants database: Nervilia shirensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Nervilia shirensis., retrieved 26 May 2016

Site software last modified: 15 January 2016 10:17am (GMT +2)
Terms of use