African Plant Database

Disa roeperocharoides Kraenzl.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 51: 379 (1914) 
Information on the genus : Disa
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Disa welwitschii auct. sensu Summerh. p.p., Geerinck p.p.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb; tubers ellipsoid, to 4x2 cm; sterile stem to 8 cm tall, with 2-4 leaves near base, linear-oblanceolate, 10-20x1-2,5 cm; flowering stem 30-70 cm tall, covered by imbricate lanceolate leaves 5-12 cm long; inflorescence conical-cylindric, 7-17 cm long, 3-4 cm Ø, densely 10-30-flowered; flowers bright red with yellow hood and petal lobes; bracts lanceolate-acuminate, to 26 mm long; pedicel and ovary 15-20 mm long; dorsal sepal rhomboid, 7,5-12x5-8 mm, hood-like; lateral sepals oblong-ovate, 9-12x4-6 mm; petals 8-10 mm long, 2-lobed, anterior lobe rounded 4-7x3 mm, spreading, posterior lobe inside hood oblanceolate, 7-9 mm long; lip linear, 9-10x0,5 mm, pendent.
Ecology : Swampy savanna; dambo grassland; rarely grassy areas in Brachystegia woodland; 1200-1600 m alt.
  Closely allied to D. welwitschii but flowers large and shape of petals distinctive.
  Tubers used for chikanda.

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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