Disa walteri Schltr. 1915 SECTION Trichochila

Front View in situ Tanzania Photos by Berit Gehrke and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Sun Cold Fall

Common Name or Meaning Walter's Disa

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southwestern Tanzania in damp upland grasslands and rock clefts at elevations of 2200 to 2800 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid, sparsely pubescent to tomentose tubers giving rise to an erect fertile stem carrying several, distant, lanceolate, acuminate sheaths and on the sterile stem, 5 to 7, in a tuft, suberect, rather flexuos, narrowly linear, stiff, prominently veined leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, to 2.4" [6 cm] long, rather close, 1 to 9 flowered inflorescence with narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, longer than or equal to the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Disa goetzeana (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1906; Herschelia goetzeana Kraenzl. 1901; Herschelianthe goetzeana (Kraenzl.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceaea Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000 as Disa goetzeana ;