Disa zombica N.E.Br. 1898 SUBGENUS Micranthe

Plant & Flowers in situ

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

Full sun Cool Cold LATE Summer

Common Name The Zombica Hills Disa [Malawi hills]

Flower Size

Found in, Burundi, Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe in montane grasslands in full sun at elevations of 1200 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial a sterile shoot with conduplicate, linear-elliptic, acute leaves and a fertile shoot with imbricate cauline, ovate-lanceoalte, acute, basal shorter, red spotted or barred leaves that blooms in the late summer on an erect, terminal, 3.6 to 6.4" [to 9 to 16 cm] long, densely 10 to 25 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Disa nyassana Schltr.1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Tropical East Africa Vol 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing hmm; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation La Croix 1997; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 76 #3 2012 photo fide;