African Plant Database


Disa zombica N.E. Br.
Family : ORCHIDACEAE
Protologue : Fl. Trop. Afr. [Oliver et al.] 7(2): 278 (1898)
Information on the genus : Disa
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Disa nyassana Schltr. (1915)
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb; tubers ± ovoid, 2-6x1-2 cm; sterile stem to 6 cm tall, with 2-3 red-spotted basal sheaths and 2-3 linear-elliptic acute leaves at apex 6-2x0,8-2 cm; flowering stem 20-60 cm tall with imbricate cauline leaves; leaves 9-13, ovate-lanceolate, 4-13x1-2 cm, apical half free, grading into bracts; inflorescence cylindrical, 9-16 cm long, 4-6 cm Ø, 10-30-flowered; flowers green with pink tinge and magenta, malodorous; bracts lanceolate-ovate, leafy, 25-60 mm long; pedicel and ovary 10-20 mm long; dorsal sepal hood-like, spathulate, 14-21x5-10 mm, with erect claw 7-11x3 mm, ovate blade 7-11x5-10 mm, with pendent spur from base 4-7 mm long, clavate; lateral sepals obliquely oblong, 4-18x5-8 mm, spreading; petals 2-lobed, anterior lobe ovate 4-7x3-5 mm, posterior lobe oblanceolate 12-18x2-3 mm, both tending to overlap inside hood; lip linear, 13-17x1-2 mm, pendent.
Ecology : (Rocky) grassland; scrubby woodland; 1000-2500 m alt.
  Variable in colour of flowers, size of bracts.
  Very distinctive species.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 169
 
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
 
Map
carte afrique num 43398
 
Record n°43398
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