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Disa celata Summerh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 17: 535 (1964)
Information on the genus : Disa
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb; sterile stem to 7 cm tall, with 1-2 linear-elliptical leaves 10-20x0,5-1 cm; flowering stem 30-50 cm tall, with sheathing imbricate lanceolate leaves 5-7x0,1-1,2 cm; inflorescence dense, 6-8 cm long with conspicuous bracts 20x5-10 mm, obscuring the flowers; flowers orange to yellow; pedicel and ovary c. 10 mm long; dorsal sepal obovate, hood-like, 5,5-7 mm long, with pendent slender spur from the middle of the hood, 5-6,5 mm long, obtuse; lateral sepals oblong, 7-8 mm long; petals 2-lobed, lower one rounded and spreading, 3,5-5 mm Ø, upper lobe linear and acute, 4,5-6 mm long, inside hood; lip pendent, linear, 5-6,5x0,5 1 mm.
Ecology : Wet marshy grassland in dambos; bog; 1400-2200 m alt.
  Resembling D. miniata, and can be overlooked. Also easily confused with D. cryptantha, D. welwitschii.
  Seems to be rare throughout its range.
  Not in Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Orchid. 1, 1968.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 165
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