African Plant Database

Disa woodii Schltr.
Protologue : Ann. Transvaal Mus. 10: 247 (1924)
Information on the genus : Disa
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb; tubers subcylindrical, to 5x1 cm; sterile stem produced rarely, c. 5 cm tall, with 3-4 linear acute leaves 25x4 cm, most clustered at base; flowering stem 15-70 cm tall; leaves cauline 6-25, sheath-like, with free blade ± linear; inflorescence 3-17 cm long, densely 80-100-flowered; flowers bright yellow, sometimes tinged with orange, < 10 mm Ø; bracts narrowly ovate, as long as flowers; pedicel and ovary 5-10 mm long; dorsal sepal elliptic, 5-7x3-4 mm, forming a shallow hood, with pendent spur from the base 0,8-2,5 mm long; lateral sepals spreading, narrowly oblong, 6-7x3 mm; petals narrowly obovate, 4-6x2-3 mm; lip linear, 6x1 mm.
Ecology : Grassland, well-drained to wet; swampy areas; disturbed sites, e.g. roadsides (weed); up to 1500 m alt.
  Self-pollinated (S. Johnson in S. Afric. Orchid. J. 28/3: 94, 1997).
  S. Africa, Swaziland. A summer-rainfall species.
  A summer-growing species easy to cultivate in temperate climates, requiring sunny conditions (Crous & Duncan, o.c.: 76).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.15 - 0.7 m. Alt: 5 - 1220 m. Distribution: EC, GA, KN, LP, MP, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 196 (1999).
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