Disa equestris Rchb. f.

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Disa equestris

Photo: Warren McCleland
Near Solwezi, North-western Zambia

Disa equestris

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Muchana dambo, Mwinilunga Distr., North-Western Province

Disa equestris

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Muchana dambo, Mwinilunga Distr., North-Western Province

Disa equestris

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Kikana area, Solwezi Distr., North-Western Province

Disa equestris

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Kikana area, Solwezi Distr., North-Western Province

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Synonyms: Disa huillensis Fritsch
Common names:
Frequency: Local and uncommon
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, 35-60 cm tall. Leaves along the fertile stem, narrowly lanceolate, up to 15 cm long, sheathing at the base, upper leaves grading into floral bracts. Inflorescence 8-20 cm long, fairly laxly 10-40-flowered. Bracts ovate, pointed, usually shorter than the ovaries. Flowers violet to purple, sometimes white on the lip. Dorsal sepal with a more or less horizontal, cylindric to obconic spur, 6-8 mm, straight, often upcurved at the subclavate apex. Lateral sepals 6-8 mm long, oblong, rounded. Petals falcate, c. 4.5 × 1.5 mm. Lip oblong, rounded, 4.5-6 mm long, convex and papillate on the upper surface.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon, CAR, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 24 July 2010

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 84.

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Flora of Malawi: Disa equestris
Flora of Mozambique: Disa equestris
Flora of Zambia: Disa equestris

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Disa equestris
African Plant Database: Disa equestris
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Disa equestris
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Disa equestris
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Disa equestris
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Disa equestris
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Disa equestris
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Disa equestris
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Disa equestris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Disa equestris
Ispot Southern Africa: Disa equestris
JSTOR Plant Science: Disa equestris
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Disa equestris
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Disa equestris
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Disa equestris
The Plant List (version 1.1): Disa equestris
Tropicos: Disa equestris

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Disa equestris.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117310, retrieved 18 July 2019

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