Disa satyriopsis Kraenzl.

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Disa satyriopsis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along track to Nganda Hill, Nyika National Park.

Disa satyriopsis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along track to Nganda Hill, Nyika National Park.

Disa satyriopsis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along track to Nganda Hill, Nyika National Park.

Disa satyriopsis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along track to Nganda Hill, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Disa ochrostachya Rchb. f. var. latipetala G. Will.
Disa sp. (Williamson, Ball & Simon 357) of Williamson, Orch. S. Centr. Africa: 84 (1977).
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb with separate sterile and fertile shoots. Sterile shoots up to 15 cm tall, with 2–3 narrowly elliptic, erect, conduplicate leaves, up to 20 cm long. Fertile shoots 40–70 cm tall; basal leaves 1–3, small, completely sheathing; the remainder more or less narrowly ovate, 4–8 cm long. Inflorescence 10–30 cm long, densely, up to c. 150-flowered. Bracts lanceolate, 1.5–2.5 cm long, reflexed at the apex, dry. Flowers orange-red with darker mottling, c. 1 cm in diameter. Dorsal sepal hooded, obovate, 9–10 mm long and 3–4 mm wide, obtuse, facing more or less downwards. Spur pendent, club-shaped, 7.5–10 mm long. Lateral sepals narrowly ovate, 8–10 mm long, spreading or reflexed. Petals 2-lobed; posterior lobe erect, 7–8.5 mm long; anterior lobe originating about halfway up the posterior lobe, equalling the posterior lobe in length, the front margin crenulate or undulate, curved in front of the anther. Lip more or less pendent, strap-shaped, 7–10 mm long.
Type location:
Holotype from Tanzania; Neotype from Zambia, Nyika.
Notes: This species is closely related to Disa ochrostachya but can be distinguised by the different shap of the petals and spur.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In montane grassland.
Altitude range: 1800 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, Southern and Western Tanzania, northern Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 16 March 2019

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 224 - 225. (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.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 163.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 113. (Includes a picture).

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 284 - 286. (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 83 - 84. as Disa sp. (Williamson, Ball & Simon 357) (Includes a picture).

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Disa satyriopsis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=209430, retrieved 25 April 2024

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