Disa aperta N.E.Br.

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Disa aperta

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Chana dambo, Solwezi Distr., North-Western Province

Disa aperta

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Chana dambo, Solwezi Distr., North-Western Province

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Synonyms: Disa equestris var. concinna (N.E. Br.) Kraenzl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Plants up to 45 cm tall; leaves usually 3, mostly sheathing, 4-8 cm long, lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate; inflorescence laxly few flowered; ovary 10-15 mm long; bracts narrowly ovate, about as long as ovary; flowers mauve-blue to greenish-brown speckled purple, somewhat downward facing; dorsal sepal elliptic, forming a hood c. 6-9(11) mm long, 3.5-5(6) mm wide and 3-4 mm deep; spur 3-4 mm long, conical to sub-cylindrical, ┬▒horizontal; lateral sepals spreading, 7.5-11 mm long, obliquely oblong-elliptic; petals 5.5-6(7) mm long, falcate, erect inside the hood; lip spreading, 5.5-8.5 mm long, linear-elliptic, rounded.
Derivation of specific name: aperta: open
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From Zambia through to Malawi and Tanzania.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 175.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 120. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 118. probably also as Disa goetzeana

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 88 - 89. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zambia: Disa aperta

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Disa aperta.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=209330, retrieved 21 September 2023

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