Disa equestris Rchb. f.

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Disa equestris

Picture: Warren McCleland
Near Solwezi, North-western Zambia

Disa equestris

Wet dambo in black muck soil
Muchana dambo
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Disa equestris

Wet dambo in black muck soil
Muchana dambo
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Disa equestris

Wet dambo in black muck soil
Kikana area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Disa equestris

Wet dambo in black muck soil
Kikana area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Disa huillensis Fritsch
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, 35-60 cm tall. Leaves along the fertile stem, narrowly lanceolate, up to 15 cm long, sheathing at the base, upper leaves grading into floral bracts. Inflorescence 8-20 cm long, fairly laxly 10-40-flowered. Bracts ovate, pointed, usually shorter than the ovaries. Flowers violet to purple, sometimes white on the lip. Dorsal sepal with a more or less horizontal, cylindric to obconic spur, 6-8 mm, straight, often upcurved at the subclavate apex. Lateral sepals 6-8 mm long, oblong, rounded. Petals falcate, c. 4.5 × 1.5 mm. Lip oblong, rounded, 4.5-6 mm long, convex and papillate on the upper surface.
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Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon, CAR, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,C
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 9 April 2019

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Disa equestris.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117310, retrieved 25 May 2024

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