African Plant Database

Disa facula P.J. Cribb, C. Hermm. & Sebsebe
Information on the genus : Disa
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 60-75 cm tall; sterile stem leafy drying blackish red with 2-3 leaves ± lanceolate, acute, to 37x2,4 cm; fertile stem leafy, drying blackish red with bract-like sheathing leaves lanceolate, acuminate, 7-11x2,5-3 cm; inflorescence 11-18 cm long, c. 6 cm Ø, densely many-flowered, resembling “a small burning torch from a distance”; flowers orange-red, dorsal sepal red-spotted; bracts lanceolate, tapering abruptly at middle, acuminate, 30-36 mm long; pedicel and ovary 18-22 mm long; dorsal sepal erect, concave, elliptic, obtuse, 11-14,5x5-6 mm, with pendent spur, cylindrical, 8-12 mm long, apex ± swollen; lateral sepals spreading like wings, obliquely oblong-ovate, acute, 16-18x5-6 mm; petals erect, 2-lobed, anterior lobe concave, elliptic, 7x6 mm; posterior lobe elliptic, 3-4x2 mm, enclosed within hood; lip pendent, linear, 11 mm long.
Ecology : Transition area between wet meadow and Combretum-Terminalia woodland; meadows with bushes; edges of cultivated land; roadsides; 1400-1500 m alt.
  Related to D. scutellifera.
  Very rare and critically endangered. First collected in 1961, then in 1999 and 2000, described in 2002.
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Record n°43458
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