Disa zimbabweensis H.P.Linder 1981 SECTION Coryphaea Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part Sun Cold LATE Spring Summer

Common Name The Zimbabwe Disa

Flower Size .2" [7 mm]

Found in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Transvaal South Africa in montane grasslands around rocks at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with testicular tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying cauline, semi-erect, often basally clustered, narrowly elliptic to narrowly ovate, the upper cauline, lax to imbricate, lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a dense, 1.2 to 5" [3 to 12 cm] long, to more than 10 flowered inflorescence with as long as the flowers, lanceolate to ovate, usually acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Disa rungweensis subsp. rhodesiaca (Summerh.) Summerh.1964; Disa rungweensis var. rhodesiaca Summerh. 1937

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; 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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