Disa lugens Bolus 1884 SECTION Disella


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D lugens subsp nigrescens

Photo by S Falanga

Part sun Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Mourning Disa

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southwestern and southern Cape Province in coastal sandflats in partial sun at lower elevations meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, 40" [100 cm] long, loosely 5 to 25 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Disa lugens var. nigrescens (H.P.Linder) H.P.Linder 1999; Herschelia lugens (Bolus) Kraenzl. 1900; Herschelia lugens var. nigrescens H.P.Linder 1981; Herschelianthe lugens (Bolus) Rauschert 1983; Herschelianthe lugens var. nigrescens (H.P.Linder) N.C.Anthony 1985

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Herschelia lugens (Bolus) Kraenzl. 1900 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 as Herschelianthe lugens; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 as D lugens subsp nigresdcens photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #10 2011 photo fide;