Nervilia kotschyi var. purpurata (Rchb.f. & Sond.) Börge Pett., Nordic J. Bot. 9: 489 (1990).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Pogonia purpurata Rchb.f. & Sond., Flora 48: 184 (1865).
Nervilia purpurata (Rchb.f. & Sond.) Schltr. in O.Warburg (ed.), Kunene-Sambesi Exped.: 210 (1903).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Nervilia dalbergiae Jum. & H.Perrier, Ann. Fac. Sci. Marseille 21: 196 (1912).
Nervilia plicata var. purpurea (Hayata) S.S.Ying, Col. Ill. Orch. Taiwan 2: 276 (1990).
Leaf erect, elliptic to lanceolate, plicate, petiolate; ridge of pleats keeled on both sides; edge of keels smooth; blade 6-13 by 2.5-4 cm; main veins 6-10; petiole 3-6 cm. Inflorescence in Flora Zambesiaca area mostly 3-flowered. Gynostemium 8-11 mm.
Grassland and dambos . Altitude range 475–1350 m , flowering in November, January-May
Ethiopia to S. Africa, NC. Madagascar

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nervilia kotschyi var. purpurata
Photograph copyright Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Image used with kind permission.