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Disa zimbabweensis

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Mt Nyangani, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Disa rungweensis Schltr. subsp. rhodesiaca (Summerh.) Summerh.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial herb. Leaves semi-erect, 4 to 8 cm, mostly near the base, sheathing higher along the stem. Inflorescence dense, many-flowered with bracts overtopping the flowers. Flowers pale pink to purple, petals and sepals almost circular; spur erect, sharply curved upwards with a blunt tip; lip up to 2.5 mm, rounded.
Notes: Although previously claimed as recorded from South Africa, these records probably concern specimens of D. rungweensis, a closely related species (McMurtry et al., 2008). This would mean that D. zimbabweensis is a near-endemic.
Derivation of specific name: zimbabweensis: of Zimbabwe
Habitat: Montane grassland, usually in rocky areas
Altitude range: (metres) Above 1800 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Border highlands of Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Somewhat doubtfully recorded from South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status: Near Endemic?
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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) Page 188.

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 206 - 207. shown under Disa rungweensis (Includes a picture).

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 390. as Disa rungweensis subsp. rhodesiaca

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

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Disa zimbabweensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Disa zimbabweensis
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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 zimbabweensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117460, retrieved 16 July 2019

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