Disa saxicola Schltr.

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Disa saxicola

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nr summit of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Disa saxicola

Picture: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Disa uliginosa Kraenzl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial, less than 40cm. Leaves along the stem, linear lanceolate. Largest leaves near the base, up to 15 cm, folded along the length. Inflorescence lax, many-flowered. Flowers white to pale pink with darker markings. The flowers contrasting with the deep reddish purple ovaries, pedicels and bracts.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: saxicola: of rocky places
Habitat: Among rocks and crevices in montane grassland.
Altitude range: 1600 - 2400 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 220 - 221. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 322.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1982). Transvaal Wild Flowers. Macmillan, Johannesburg. Pages 98 - 99. (Includes a picture).

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 56.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 80.

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La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 124 - 125. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 95.

McMurtry, D., Grobler, L., Grobler, J. & Burns, S. (2008). Field Guide to the ORCHIDS of Northern South Africa and Swaziland Umdaus Press, PO Box 11059 Hatfield 0028 South Africa Pages 212 - 213. (Includes a picture).

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 47 - 48. (Includes a picture).

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 31. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 119.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 120 - 121. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 135.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1964). African orchids XXIX Kew Bulletin 17(3) Pages 551 - 552.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 86 - 87. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 84.

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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 saxicola.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117410, retrieved 19 July 2024

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