Disa aperta N.E.Br.

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Disa aperta

Moist to wet dambo in black muck soil
Chana dambo
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Disa aperta

Moist to wet dambo in black muck soil
Chana dambo
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Disa equestris var. concinna (N.E. Br.) Kraenzl.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Plants up to 45 cm tall; leaves usually 3, mostly sheathing, 4-8 cm long, lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate; inflorescence laxly few flowered; ovary 10-15 mm long; bracts narrowly ovate, about as long as ovary; flowers mauve-blue to greenish-brown speckled purple, somewhat downward facing; dorsal sepal elliptic, forming a hood c. 6-9(11) mm long, 3.5-5(6) mm wide and 3-4 mm deep; spur 3-4 mm long, conical to sub-cylindrical, ┬▒horizontal; lateral sepals spreading, 7.5-11 mm long, obliquely oblong-elliptic; petals 5.5-6(7) mm long, falcate, erect inside the hood; lip spreading, 5.5-8.5 mm long, linear-elliptic, rounded.
Type location:
Zambia, Mbala District
Derivation of specific name: aperta: open
Habitat: In dambo grasslands in Brachystegia woodland
Altitude range: 1000 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From Zambia through to Malawi and Tanzania.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N
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Content last updated: Tuesday 9 April 2019

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 175.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 120. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 118. probably also as Disa goetzeana

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 88 - 89. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Disa aperta

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Disa aperta
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Disa aperta
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Disa aperta
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Disa aperta
JSTOR Plant Science: Disa aperta
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Disa aperta
Plants of the World Online: Disa aperta
Tropicos: Disa aperta
Wikipedia: Disa aperta

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Disa aperta.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=209330, retrieved 29 September 2023

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