FZ.17. Disa P.J. Bergius




Description of the genus

Terrestrial herbs with tubers. Sterile shoots present or 0. Inflorescence a raceme. Flowers usually red or white, less often blue, yellow or green. Spur formed from the dorsal sepal, not from the lip or lateral sepals. Petals free from the dorsal sepal; lip without a spur. Anther erect or horizontal.

Derivation of name: possibly named after Queen Disa, of Swedish legend

Worldwide: c.160 species, widespread in Africa and Madagascar; also Yemen and RĂ©union Island.

Zimbabwe: 22 taxa.

Disa patula var. transvaalensis

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aconitoides Sond. subsp. concinna (N.E. Br.) H.P. LinderN,C,EDescription, Image
baurii BolusEDescription, Image
brevicornis (Lindl.) BolusE
chimanimaniensis (H.P. Linder) H.P. Linder[NrEnd][LR-nt]EDescription
cornuta (L.) Sw.EDescription, Image
equestris Rchb. f.N,C,EDescription, Image
erubescens Rendle subsp. erubescens EDescription, Image
fragrans Schltr. subsp. fragrans EDescription, Image
hircicornis Rchb. f.C,E,SDescription, Image
miniata Summerh.N,C
ochrostachya Rchb.f.C,EDescription, Image
ornithantha Schltr.E,SDescription, Image
patula Sond. var. transvaalensis Summerh.EDescription, Image
perplexa H.P. LinderEDescription, Image
rhodantha Schltr.[LR-nt]EDescription, Image
saxicola Schltr.E,SDescription, Image
versicolor Rchb. f.EDescription, Image
walleri Rchb. f.N,C,EDescription, Image
welwitschii Rchb. f. subsp. welwitschii C,EDescription, Image
woodii Schltr.EDescription, Image
zimbabweensis H.P. Linder[NrEnd?]EDescription, Image
zombica N.E. Br.EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Disa:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Disa
Flora of Malawi: Disa
Flora of Mozambique: Disa
Flora of Zambia: Disa

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Disa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Disa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Disa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Disa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Disa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Disa
JSTOR Plant Science: Disa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Disa
Plants of the World Online: Disa
Tropicos: Disa
Wikipedia: Disa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Disa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=417, retrieved 20 May 2024

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