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Useful Tropical Plants

Nervilia concolor

(Blume) Schltr.

Orchidaceae

+ Synonyms

Aplostellis flabelliformis (Lindl.) Ridl.

Cordyla concolor Blume

Epipactis carinata Roxb.

Nervilia aragoana Gaudich.

Nervilia carinata (Roxb.) Schltr.

Nervilia flabelliformis (Lindl.) Tang & F.T.Wang

Nervilia scottii (Rchb.f.) Schltr.

Nervilia tibetensis Rolfe

Nervilia yaeyamensis Hayata

Pogonia carinata (Roxb.) Lindl.

Pogonia concolor Blume

Pogonia flabelliformis Lindl.

Pogonia gracilis Blume

Pogonia nervilia Blume

Pogonia scottii Rchb.f.

Roptrostemon concolor (Blume) Lindl.

Common Name:

Nervilia concolor
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Lauren Gutierrez
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General Information

Nervilia concolor is a perennial plant, growing from a fleshy, underground tuber. While leafless, it produces a single flowering stem around 30cm tall and then a single, heart-shaped leaf up to 25cm wide on a stem up to 20cm long[
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The tuber produces one to several lateral, subterranean runners during the leafing period, each runner producing new tubers at their apex[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
1866
Title
Medicinal Orchids of Asia
Publication
 
Author
Eng Soon Teoh
Website
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24274-3
Publisher
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Year
2016
ISBN
978-3-319-24272-9
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for medicinal use and also sometimes for local use of its tuber, which is eaten to relieve thirst.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

E. Asia - China, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea to Australia and the Pacific.

Habitat

Forests, and sometimes on low rigdes, at elevations from sea level to 400 metres in Fiji[
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Forests, shaded and damp places along valleys; at elevations from 400 - 2,300 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

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Medicinal Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *
HabitBulb
Height0.30 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Grows best in semi-shade[
372
Title
Flowers of India
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
].

Edible Uses

Root - raw[
459
Title
The Useful Plants of the Island of Guam
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 9
Author
Safford W.E.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1905
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive, if rather dated, guide to the plants of Guam. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The tuber is firm, fleshy and juicy; it can be chewed to quench the thirst[
459
Title
The Useful Plants of the Island of Guam
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 9
Author
Safford W.E.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1905
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive, if rather dated, guide to the plants of Guam. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
1866
Title
Medicinal Orchids of Asia
Publication
 
Author
Eng Soon Teoh
Website
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24274-3
Publisher
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Year
2016
ISBN
978-3-319-24272-9
Description
 
]. The subglobose to ovoid tuber is 10 - 17mm in diameter[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Medicinal

The whole plant is bitter and acrid. It is considered to be antiinflammatory, antipyretic, antiseptic, cooling, diuretic, galactagogue, opthalmic and tonic. It stops bleeding. It is used to promote milk production and in the treatment of swellings, discharges, menorrhagia, mental instability, epilepsy, haemoptysis, colic, diarrhoea, vomiting, asthma, coughs, urinary complaints and weak kidneys[
1866
Title
Medicinal Orchids of Asia
Publication
 
Author
Eng Soon Teoh
Website
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24274-3
Publisher
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Year
2016
ISBN
978-3-319-24272-9
Description
 
].

The pseudobulbs are used in the treatment of 'disturbances of cardiac function' in Thailand[
1866
Title
Medicinal Orchids of Asia
Publication
 
Author
Eng Soon Teoh
Website
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24274-3
Publisher
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Year
2016
ISBN
978-3-319-24272-9
Description
 
].

A decoction of the leaves, known as 'ubat meroyan' was once considered an obligatory protective medicine after childbirth in parts of Malaya[
1866
Title
Medicinal Orchids of Asia
Publication
 
Author
Eng Soon Teoh
Website
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24274-3
Publisher
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Year
2016
ISBN
978-3-319-24272-9
Description
 
].

Other Uses

The plant kills bugs[
1866
Title
Medicinal Orchids of Asia
Publication
 
Author
Eng Soon Teoh
Website
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24274-3
Publisher
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Year
2016
ISBN
978-3-319-24272-9
Description
 
]. No more information.

Propagation

Seed -
Division of the tubers.
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