Disa patula Sond.
var. transvaalensis Summerh.

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Disa patula var. transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Disa patula var. transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Disa patula var. transvaalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Disa gerrardii Rolfe
Common names:
Status: Native
Fairly robust terrestrial herb, up to 60 cm. Leaves along the stem, longest near the base, sheathing higher up. Inflorescence fairly open, flowers borne horizontally; bracts slightly longer than the ovaries. Flowers pink to mauve with purple spots on the inside of the petals. Lip linear, up to 9 mm long, slightly widened near the apex.
Derivation of specific name: patula: spreading, extended; possibly referring to the lateral sepals that extend forward and outwards
Habitat: Montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2400 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, South Africa and Eswatini
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 104 - 105. (Includes a picture).

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

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 80.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 186.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 95.

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 226 - 227. (Includes a picture).

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

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External websites:

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

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: Species information: Disa patula var. transvaalensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117380, retrieved 19 April 2024

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