African Plant Database

Disa longilabris Schltr.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 38: 150 (1906) 
Information on the genus : Disa
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Herschelianthe longilabris (Schltr.) Rauschert
 Herschelia longilabris (Schltr.) Rolfe (1919)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Herschelia baurii auct.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 10-35 cm tall; tubers ellipsoid, 1,5-1 cm; basal leaves numerous, in a tuft, produced after anthesis, grass-like, stiff, 17-30x0,1 cm; flowering stem ± flexuous, with 5-8 cauline leaves sheathing below and overlapping, distant above; inflorescence 2-10 cm long, 2-18-flowered; flowers white to pale blue; bracts dry, acuminate, 5-18 mm long; pedicel and ovary c. 10 mm long; dorsal sepal hood-like, 10-17x8-13 mm, with a spur ± horizontal, cylindrical, 3-5 mm long; lateral sepals spreading down, oblong, 10-15x3-6,5 mm; petals 6-9 mm long, erect inside hood with a rounded auricle at base, apical part widened and 2-lobed; lip projecting forwards, narrowly ovate, 11-13x7-12 mm, margins deeply fimbriate.
Ecology : Grassland; 2000-2760 m alt.
  Resembling D. baurii.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 197
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