Liparis nervosa (Thunb.) Lindl.

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Liparis nervosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd before Westaway

Liparis nervosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd before Westaway

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Synonyms: Liparis guineensis Lindl.
Liparis rufina (Ridl.) Rolfe
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, up to 40 cm tall, with ovoid pseudobulbs mostly underground. Leaves 2-3, basal, lanceolate to ovate, ribbed. Inflorescence densely many-flowered. Flowers small, 6 mm across, green to yellow-green with a deep purple-brown lip.
Derivation of specific name: nervosa: nerved
Habitat: A species of Brachystegia woodland, grassland and riverine fringes. It is occasionally found in exotic plantations.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 329.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 66.

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

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 279 - 281. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 177. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I.F. & La Croix T.M. (1983). Orchids of Bvumbwe The Society of Malawi Journal 36(2) Page 17.

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.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 57 - 58. (Includes a picture).

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 36 - 39. as Liparis guineensis and also Liparis rufina

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 122.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Page 114. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Liparis nervosa
African Plant Database: Liparis nervosa
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Liparis nervosa
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Wikipedia: Liparis nervosa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Liparis nervosa., retrieved 4 March 2024

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