African Plant Database

Disa verdickii De Wild.
Protologue : Ann. Mus. Congo Belge. Bot., Ser. 4 26 (1902)
Information on the genus : Disa
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb; tubers testicular, 2,5x1,5 cm; sterile stem to 5 cm tall, with up to 5 linear-elliptic leaves 11x1,5 cm; flowering stem 25-50 cm tall; leaves cauline, imbricate, ovate-lanceolate, sheathing, 4-7 cm long, only apices free; inflorescence sub-imbricate, 8-20 cm long, 8-25-flowered; flowers rosy-mauve to magenta-pink; bracts leafy, ovate-lanceolate, 30-40 mm long; pedicel and ovary c. 20 mm long; dorsal sepal spathulate, erect, 20-25 mm long, with claw c. 11x4 mm, blade orbicular, c. 12 mm Ø, hood-like, with pendent spur from below middle of blade, 6-7 mm long, clavate, “following the curve of the dorsal sepal" lateral sepals obliquely oblong, 20-25x7-10 mm, flat, spreading; petals 2-lobed, anterior lobe oblong, 13-15x6-8 mm, spreading with incurved margins; posterior lobe ± linear, 20-22x2-3 mm, inside hood; lip pendent, linear, 20-23x1 mm.
Ecology : Grassland; wet sandy grassland; Brachystegia or Uapaca woodland; dwarf shrub savanna; edge of Cryptosepalum woodland; swamp; c. 1600 m alt.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 169
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