Disa woodii Schltr.

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Disa woodii

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Richard's Bay, Natal, South Africa

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Synonyms: Disa polygonoides sensu Grosvenor (1976)
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, up to 70 m tall. Leaves on a separate shoot but not always developing, 3-4, semi-erect, linear, up to 25 cm long. Leaves along the fertile shoot 6-25, narrowly lanceolate, sheathing at the base. Inflorescence cylindric, 3-17 cm long, dense, 80-100-flowered, bracts narrowly ovate, usually as long as the flowers with pointed, reflexed apices. Flowers bright yellow, sometimes tinged orange at the apices of the floral parts. Dorsal sepal erect, elliptic to subobovate, 5-7 mm long with a pendent spur, 1-2.5 mm long arising from the base. Lateral sepals narrowly oblong, 6-7 mm long. Petals narrowly obovate, 4-6 mm long. Lip linear, c. 6 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: woodii: named after John Medley Wood (1827 - 1915), botanist, founder of the Natal Herbarium and author of various works on the flora of Natal.
Habitat: In damp grassland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Images last updated: Sunday 31 January 2010

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 128.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 57.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 161 - 162.

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 202 - 203. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 240 - 241. (Includes a picture).


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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 woodii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117450, retrieved 26 October 2016

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