African Plant Database

Disa zombica N.E. Br.
Protologue : Fl. Trop. Afr. [Oliver et al.] 7(2): 278 (1898)
Information on the genus : Disa
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Disa nyassana Schltr. (1915)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb; tubers ± ovoid, 2-6x1-2 cm; sterile stem to 6 cm tall, with 2-3 red-spotted basal sheaths and 2-3 linear-elliptic acute leaves at apex 6-2x0,8-2 cm; flowering stem 20-60 cm tall with imbricate cauline leaves; leaves 9-13, ovate-lanceolate, 4-13x1-2 cm, apical half free, grading into bracts; inflorescence cylindrical, 9-16 cm long, 4-6 cm Ø, 10-30-flowered; flowers green with pink tinge and magenta, malodorous; bracts lanceolate-ovate, leafy, 25-60 mm long; pedicel and ovary 10-20 mm long; dorsal sepal hood-like, spathulate, 14-21x5-10 mm, with erect claw 7-11x3 mm, ovate blade 7-11x5-10 mm, with pendent spur from base 4-7 mm long, clavate; lateral sepals obliquely oblong, 4-18x5-8 mm, spreading; petals 2-lobed, anterior lobe ovate 4-7x3-5 mm, posterior lobe oblanceolate 12-18x2-3 mm, both tending to overlap inside hood; lip linear, 13-17x1-2 mm, pendent.
Ecology : (Rocky) grassland; scrubby woodland; 1000-2500 m alt.
  Variable in colour of flowers, size of bracts.
  Very distinctive species.

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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