African Plant Database

Disa hircicornis Rchb. f.
Protologue : Otia Bot. Hamburg. 2: 105 (1881)
Information on the genus : Disa
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Disa laeta Rchb. f.
=Disa amblyopetala Schltr. (1915)
=Disa culveri Schltr. (1895)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial “beautiful” herb 30-85 cm tall; tubers ± ellipsoid, 1,5-3,5x0,7-1,5 cm, sometimes forked; sterile stem short, covered by overlapping red-spotted sheaths below and with 1-3 leaves at apex, narrowly elliptic, acute, 12-35x1-1,5 cm; flowering stem leafy, leaves 6-15, lanceolate, 7-31x1-3,5 cm; inflorescence dense, cylindrical, 6-25 cm long, 2-3 cm Ø, 16-70-flowered; flowers small, 10-12 mm Ø, facing down, pale pinkish to deep purple; bracts lanceolate, 10-30 mm long; pedicel and ovary 10 mm long; dorsal sepal hood-like, 5-10-13x4-6-8 mm, with crozia-like hook at tip, with spur 6-13 mm long, wide-mouthed, then sharply decurved; lateral sepals oblong-elliptic, 5-7x2,5-4 mm, spreading downwards; petals obovate, 4-6x1,5-2,5 mm, apiculate, erect, inside hood; lip linear to spathulate, 4-6x1-1,5 mm, projecting forwards or deflexed.
Ecology : Seasonally wet grassland, often by rivers; swamp; (moist) dambo; (grass) bog; wet marshy soil; sometimes forming large colonies; 950-2500-2750 m alt.
  Flower colour very variable. Sometimes including D. perplexa (See Fischer & al., Orchids Rwanda: 184, 2010).
  Tubers in demand for food and/or medicine.
  S. Africa. In Niger ? (not in Peyre de Fabrègues & Lebrun, Cat. pl. vascul. Niger, 1976).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.3 - 0.6 m. Alt: 1000 - 1500 m. Distribution: KN, LP, MP

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 220-221 (1999).
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