African Plant Database

Disa dichroa Summerh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 17: 549 (1964)
Information on the genus : Disa
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Disa concinna var. dichroa (Summerh.) Geerinck
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 35-60 cm tall; tubers ± round, 1-2x1-2 cm; leaves cauline 3-6, sheathing at base with a free narrowly elliptic blade 4-7 cm long, to 1,5 cm wide, drying grey-black; inflorescence 20-30 cm long, lax, spotted mauve, 25-45-flowered, drying pale creamy-brown; flowers pale purple to mauve; bracts to 15 mm long, broadly lanceolate, acute; pedicel and ovary 10-13 mm long; dorsal sepal elliptic-oblong, acute, hood-like, 6,5-9,5x3-4,5 mm, with spur from base 6-8 mm long, cylindrical, straight, laterally flattened, apex rounded; lateral sepals oblong, 6-9x2-3,5 mm, acute; petals falcate, c. 5,5x1,5-2,5 mm, with keel near base; lip narrowly elliptic, 5-7x2 mm, horizontal.
Ecology : Open forest; Brachystegia woodland; 1600-2000 m alt.
  Superficially similar to D. aconitoides.
  Probably used as chikanda (Golding in Sabonet News 6/2: 95, 2001).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 176
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