an exhibit of noteworthy plants from the university of guam herbarium
nervillia jacksoniaeRinehart & Fosb. ORCHIDACEAE
this newly discovered species, co-described by herbarium staff member agnes rinehart, is only found on the islands of guam and rota. it can be found in shady places on sandy soil or humus. it grows from a small subterranean subglobose tuber that is 1-1.5 cm in diameter. the erect inflorescence emerges in june or july, producing a single flower when 4-7 cm tall. the flower, less than 1 cm across, is borne terminally and points upward. sepals are green; the fringed lip is pure white with green hairs on the mid-lobe.
text modified from raulerson and rinehart (1992)
photo credit: a. rinehart