Nervilia ballii G. Will.

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Nervilia ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By entrance road to Southern Cross Farm, Chegutu

Nervilia ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By entrance road to Southern Cross Farm, Chegutu

Nervilia ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By entrance road to Southern Cross Farm, Chegutu

Nervilia ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By entrance road to Southern Cross Farm, Chegutu

Nervilia ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By entrance road to Southern Cross Farm, Chegutu

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Synonyms: Nervilia sp. no. 3 sensu Grosvenor (1976)
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Erect terrestrial up to c. 30 cm high. Tuber subspherical to ovoid, up to 17 mm in diameter. Leaf solitary, apearing after flowering, erect, ovate, upto 6 × 4 cm, acute at the apex, hairless, pleated, dark olive green above with silvery lines along the veins, dark purple beneath; petiole c. 6 cm long. Inflorescence 1-flowered, rarely 2-flowered with 3-4 sheathing leaf-like bracts up to 4 cm long. Flower greenish, reddish tinged on the outside and red veins on the inside; lip cream to pale yellow with prominent red to purple venation, oblong-ovate, obscurely 3-lobed,18-25 mm long, with 2 fleshy pubescent ridges on the mid-lobe.
Notes: The striking olive-green and purple colours make this species easily recognizable when in leaf.
Derivation of specific name: ballii: named after John Ball, orchidologist, who collected the type for this species.
Habitat: In woodland and grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 25 January 2015
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 331. (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 275 - 277.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 67.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 84. as Nervilia sp. no. 3 (Wild 4174)

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 265 - 266. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 167 - 168. (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.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Nervilia ballii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117890, retrieved 20 September 2017

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