Disa roeperocharoides Kraenzl.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb growing from a tuber with separate fertile and sterile shoots; sterile shoot up to 8 cm tall, leaves conduplicate, to 20 x 1-2.5 cm, linear to narrowly lanceolate, acuminate; inflorescence 7-17 cm, dense, c. 30 flowered, ovary and pedicel 1.5-2 cm long, bracts lanceolate, acuminate, somewhat longer than ovaries; flowers c. 15 mm in diameter, bright red, the posterior petal lobes and inside of the galea usually yellow with bright red blotches; dorsal sepal erect, 7.5-11.5 x 5-8 mm long, rhomboid, subacute, spur pendent, 8-13 mm long, slender, cylindrical; lateral sepals suboblique, 9-10(12) mm long, ovate-oblong, obtuse to rarely apiculate; petals 2-lobed, anterior lobe 4-7 x c.3 mm, narrowly ovate rounded, spreading with the upper margin curved over the anther; posterior lobe erect inside the galea, 7-9 mm tall, oblanceolate, truncate; lip 9-10 mm long, linear, pendent; anther erect, c.4 mm long; stigma sessile, 3-lobed.
Type location:
DRC, Katanga
Notes: Red data status: VU D2
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Dambo grasslands and rarely grassy areas in Brachystegia woodlands
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jan.-Feb
Worldwide distribution: Katanga region of DRC into Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lk
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 165.

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 310 - 312. (Includes a picture).

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

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 81 - 82. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Disa roeperocharoides
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Disa roeperocharoides
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Disa roeperocharoides
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Wikipedia: Disa roeperocharoides

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 roeperocharoides.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=209420, retrieved 20 April 2024

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