African Plant Database

Disa scutellifera A. Rich.
Protologue : Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 2 14: 272 (1840) 
Information on the genus : Disa
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Disa schimperi N.E. Br. (1897)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 25-75 cm tall; tubers ellipsoid, 2-4,5x1-2 cm; sterile stem 13-20 cm tall, covered by overlapping sheaths, and with 1-2 leaves at apex, lanceolate, 10-30x1-2 cm; flowering stem stout, almost entirely covered by appressed sheathing leaves; leaves 9-13, lanceolate, acute, the longest 7-12x1-2 cm; inflorescence 5-19 cm long, 2,5-4,5 cm Ø, densely 14-80-flowered; flowers pink, bright carmine or mauve, often with darker spots, rarely white; bracts leafy, lanceolate-acuminate, 20-35 mm long; pedicel and ovary 15 mm long; dorsal sepal shield-like (“scutellifera”), concave, 6-14x5-11 mm, with pendent spur 4-14 mm long arising below middle; lateral sepals obliquely oblong, 8-13x4-6 mm; petals erect, 6,5-11 mm long, 2-lobed in upper part with anterior lobe ovate, 5-7x3-5 mm, spreading on the sides of the anther, posterior lobe linear-oblong, smaller, curved, inside hood; lip linear, 6-10x0,7-1,7 mm, pendent.
Ecology : Damp grassland; grassy rocky slopes; 1800-2850 m alt.

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 :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 129 (1995).
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