Disa erubescens Rendle
subsp. carsonii (N.E. Br.) H.P. Linder

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Disa erubescens subsp. carsonii

Kapishya Springs
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Disa erubescens subsp. carsonii

Kapishya Springs
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Disa erubescens subsp. carsonii

Kapishya Springs
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Disa carsonii
Disa erubescens var. carsonii
Disa stolzii
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb with separate sterile and fertile shoot; sterile shoot leaves erect, up to 30 x 2 cm; fertile shoot leaves imbricate, 3-8 cm; inflorescence lax, floral bracts reaching up to the flowers; flowers large, bright red.
Type location:
Notes: Differs from subsp. erubescens in the larger flowers and dorsal sepal more than 3 cm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Marshy montane grassland and dambos in Brachystegia woodlands.
Altitude range: 1300 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: From DRC, Burundi to Tanzania south to Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,Mc,C
Growth form(s): Perennial, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
Insects associated with this species:
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Content last updated: Thursday 6 July 2017

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 321.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 172 - 174.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 118.

Linder, H.P. (1981). Taxonomic studies in the Disinae (Orchidaceae): IV A revision of Disa Berg. sect. Micranthae Lindl. Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 51(3/4) Pages 340 - 342. (Includes a picture).

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 134.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 78 - 79. as Disa carsonii and Disa stolzii (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Disa erubescens subsp. carsonii
Flora of Malawi: Disa erubescens subsp. carsonii
Flora of Mozambique: Disa erubescens subsp. carsonii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Disa erubescens
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Disa erubescens
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Wikipedia: Disa erubescens

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 erubescens subsp. carsonii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=180860, retrieved 4 March 2024

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