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:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
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.
Notes:
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 Swaziland
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Literature:

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.

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

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).


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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Disa patula var. transvaalensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117380, retrieved 22 November 2017

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