Disa erubescens Rendle 1895 SECTION Micranthe

Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part Shade Warm Cool Summer

Common Name The Reddish Disa

Flower Size 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Rwanda, Zaire, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe in short, upland grasslands with poor drainage and in swamps at elevations of 1550 to 2800 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with sterile and fertile shoots carrying imbricate cauline leaves grading upwards to bracts both spotted with red that blooms in the summer on an erect, lax , to 12" [to 30 cm] long, 3 to 8 [12] flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate usually exceeding the flowers floral bracts

Synonyms Disa carsonii N.E.Br. 1898; Disa erubescens subsp. carsonii (N.E.Br.) H.P.Linder 1981; Disa erubescens var. carsonii (N.E.Br.) Geerinck 1982; Disa erubescens var. leucantha Schltr. 1915; Disa stolzii Schltr.1915;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as D stolzii drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as D carsonii; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1998 drawing fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide

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