Disa verdickii De Wild.

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Disa verdickii

Roadside dambo between Mwinilunga and Solwezi
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Disa verdickii

Roadside dambo between Mwinilunga and Solwezi
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb growing from a tuber with separate fertile and sterile shoots; sterile shoot up to 5 cm tall, leaves conduplicate, to 11 x 1.5 cm, linear to elliptic, acute; inflorescence 8-20 cm, 8-25 flowered, ovary and pedicel c. 2 cm long, bracts ovate-lanceolate, subacuminate, reaching to middle or overtopping flowers; flowers rosy-mauve to magenta-pink; dorsal sepal erect, 20-25 mm tall, spathulate, spur pendent, 6-7 mm long, clavate; lateral sepals suboblique, 20-25 mm long, oblong, obtuse to subacute; petals 2-lobed, anterior lobe 13-15 x 6-8 mm, oblong, spreading with the margins incurved, flanking the anther; posterior lobe 20-22 x 2-3 mm, narrowly oblanceolate to linear, lobes partially overlapping; lip 20-23 mm long, linear, pendent; anther erect, 6-9 mm tall; stigma flat, sessile.
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Habitat: Wet sandy grasslands and Brachystegia or Uapaca woodlands
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Flowering time:DEc - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola to DRC and northwestern Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Content last updated: Thursday 6 July 2017

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 169 - 171.

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Disa verdickii
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Disa verdickii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Disa verdickii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Disa verdickii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Disa verdickii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Disa verdickii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Disa verdickii
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Disa verdickii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Disa verdickii
Ispot Southern Africa: Disa verdickii
JSTOR Plant Science: Disa verdickii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Disa verdickii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Disa verdickii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Disa verdickii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Disa verdickii
Tropicos: Disa verdickii

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Disa verdickii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=209460, retrieved 23 February 2018

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