Disa equestris Rchb.f. 1865 SECTION Stenocarpa Lindl. Photo by W McCleland , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part Sun Warm Cool LATE Spring

Common Name The Riding Disa [refers to the flowers position on the inflorescence]

Flower Size

Found in Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Zaire, Burundi, Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in swampy grasslands at elevations of 950 to 1850 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with almost globose to ellipsoid to ovoid tubers giving rise to a sterile, short stem carrying 1 to3, overlapping basal sheaths and a single, terminal, purplish to wine colored, linear to oblanceolate-linear, acute leaf and an erect, fertile, rather slender, terete, leafy throughout the length stem carrying 6 to 19, lowest 1 to 3 sheath-like the rest erect to suberect, adpressed tothe stem, lanceolate, to narrowly lanceolate, acute, grading smaller towards the apex leaves that blooms in the late spring on a 1.1 to 6.8" [3 to 17 cm] long, loosely 4 to many flowered inflorescence with broadly lanceolate, acute, shorter than the flowers floral bracts.

Synonyms Disa huillensis Fritsch 1901

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000;

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