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Zeuxine nervosa

Zeuxine nervosa

Zeuxine nervosa (Wall. ex Lindl.) Trimen, Syst. Cat. Fl. Pl. Ceylon (1885) 90


  • Heterozeuxine nervosa (Wall. ex Lindl.) T.Hashim., Ann. Tsukuba Bot. Gard. 5 (1986) 21
  • Monochilus nervosus Wall. ex Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. (1840) 487 ('nervosum')
    - Type: Wallich 7381 (holo K)
  • Haplochilus nervosus (Wall. ex Lindl.) D.Dietr., Syn. Pl. 5 (1852) 172
  • Zeuxine nervosa (Wall. ex Lindl.) Benth. ex Clarke, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 25 (1889) 73 (isonym)
  • Hetaeria nervosa Lindl. in Wall., Numer. List (1829) n. 7381 (nomen, 'Etaeria')
  • Adenostylis formosana (Rolfe) Hayata, Icon. Pl. Formos. 6 Suppl. (Gen. Ind. Fl. Formos.) (1917) 75
  • Zeuxine formosana Rolfe, Ann. Bot. 9 (1895) 158
    - Type: Henry 644 (Sout Cape) (holo K; iso NY)
  • Adenostylis zamboangensis Ames, Schedul. Orchid. 6 (1923) 10
    - Type: Copeland 1567 (holo AMES; iso NY)
  • Zeuxine zamboangensis (Ames) Ames, Schedul. Orchid., Corrig. (1938) 37
  • Zeuxine vittata Rolfe ex Downie, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew (1925) 414
    - Type: Kerr 294 (holo K; iso L, P)
  • Zeuxine fluvida Fukuy., Ann. Rep. Taihoku Bot. Gard. 3 (1933) 81
    - Type: Segawa 4112 (Taiwan, Taitoo praef., Riran-shichoo, Onsen)
  • Zeuxine somai Tuyama, Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 50 (1936) 27, fig. 20a, 21
    - Type: Somai 927 (Taiwan, Takao, Rukuki) (holo TI)
  • Zeuxine cognata Ohwi & Koyama, Bull. Natl. Sci. Mus., Tokyo n. s. 3 (No. 41) (1957) 274, fig. 4, pl. 42
    - Type: Tawada 891 ((Ryukyu Arch., Senkaku Isl., Uotsurijima Islands) (holo KAG; iso US)

Basionym: Monochilus nervosus

Stem creeping at the base, 15-25 cm long, for the greater part without leaves, apical part ascending, rather fleshy. Leaves 2.5-5 cm long, acute, 5-7-nerved. Peduncle 5-12.5 cm long, slender to rather stout, with 2 lanceolate peduncle-scales; rachis 1-20 cm long, laxly to rather densely flowered. Floral bract equalling the pilose ovary, lanceolate. Sepals 0.4-0.6 cm long. Lateral sepals ovate, obtuse, patent. Petals half-ovate, acuminate. Lip at base short subsaccate, in the middle with a narrower, claw-like mesochile; the lobules of the mid-lobe only a little smaller than the sepals; the basal sac inside slightly septate, with two hook-like, recurved appendages. Column very short, at the base in front with 2 slightly prominent calli; rostellum bifid. Pollinia pyriform; caudicle large, blade-like; viscidium elongated. (After Hooker, 1893)

Flower greenish tinged purple.

Not known.

Malesia (?Peninsular Malaysia, New Guinea, Philippines), ?Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, Bhutan, India, China, Taiwan.

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution map.


  • Hooker, J.D., Hooker's Ic. Pl. 22 (1893) t. 2175
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Orchidoideae
  • Tribe Cranichideae
  • Subtribe Goodyerinae
  • Genus Zeuxine
  • Species Zeuxine nervosa

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Zeuxine nervosa

Zeuxine nervosa (Wall. ex Lindl.) Trimen, from Hooker's Ic. Pl. 22 (1893) t. 2175

Zeuxine nervosa

Monochilus nervosus Wall. ex Lindl., herbarium sheet, Wallich 7381 (holotype specimen K), photo copyright the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew