Disa perplexa H.P. Linder

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Notes: This species is very similar to Disa hircicornis and possibly could be a variety of that species. More research is needed
Derivation of specific name: perplexa: confused, obscure; referring to the confusing similarity with Disa hircicornis
Habitat: Wet grassland
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and a single record from Mpumalanga, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 321.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 56.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 180 - 181.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 123.

McMurtry, D., Grobler,L., Grobler, J. & Burns, S. (2008). Field Guide to the ORCHIDS of Northern South Africa and Swaziland Umdaus Press, PO Box 11059 Hatfield 0028 South Africa Pages 184 - 185. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 135.


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Flora of Malawi: Disa perplexa
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African Plant Database: Disa perplexa
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Disa perplexa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Disa perplexa
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Disa perplexa
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Disa perplexa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Disa perplexa
Ispot Southern Africa : Disa perplexa
JSTOR Plant Science: Disa perplexa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Disa perplexa
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Disa perplexa
Tropicos: Disa perplexa
West African Plants database: Disa perplexa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Disa perplexa.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117390, retrieved 22 October 2016

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