African Plant Database

Disa patula var. transvaalensis Summerh.
Information on the genus : Disa
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Disa gerrardii Rolfe (1913)
=Disa nervosa auct. sensu Bolus p.p. (1913)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb with tubers; flowering stem 25-60 cm tall, leafy; leaves c. 7, erect, imbricate, conduplicate, linear, 16-20x2 cm long, the longest near shoot base; inflorescence slender, cylindrical, 5-25 cm long, < 3,5 cm Ø; flowers horizontal, pink with purplish spots on petals; bracts lanceolate, slightly longer than pedicel and ovary (10-25 mm long); dorsal sepal hood-like, 6-10x7 mm, with horizontal acute spur 10-12 mm long; lateral sepals ± oblong, 6-10 mm long, spreading forwards; petals erect, ± lanceolate, 5-10 mm long; lip linear, patent, c. 9 mm long.
Ecology : Grassland; road-side; 600-2400 m alt.
  S. Africa, Swaziland.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.25 - 0.6 m. Alt: 200 - 1800 m. Distribution: EC, KN, LP, MP, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. South Africa 30: t.1174 (1954).
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 268 (1999).
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