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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

[FZ]

Orchidaceae, I. la Croix and P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:1. 1995

Habit
Terrestrial herb with separate sterile and fertile shoots.
Shoots
Sterile shoot up to 70 cm tall; leaves 2–3, conduplicate, to 30 × 1 cm, oblanceolate-linear, acute. Fertile shoots 30–60 cm tall; cauline leaves imbricate or subimbricate, 4–8 cm long, lanceolate, acute, closely sheathing; basal leaves somewhat smaller.
Sterile
Sterile shoot up to 70 cm tall; leaves 2–3, conduplicate, to 30 × 1 cm, oblanceolate-linear, acute.
Fertile
Fertile shoots 30–60 cm tall; cauline leaves imbricate or subimbricate, 4–8 cm long, lanceolate, acute, closely sheathing; basal leaves somewhat smaller.
Inflorescences
Inflorescence subdense to dense, 4–16 cm long, 5–40-flowered.
Bracts
Floral bracts 2–3 cm long, narrowly ovate, acute to acuminate, overtopping the flowers.
Flowers
Flowers more or less orange.
Spur
Spur pendent from above the middle of the galea, reaching to the base of the dorsal sepal 3.5–4.2 mm long, strongly clavate, to 2 mm in diameter at apex.
Calyx
Lateral sepals 5.5–6.6 mm long, ovate, subacute, spreading sideways or upwards. Dorsal sepal 4.5–6.6 × 2.5–3.6 mm, ovate-elliptic, subacute, erect or slightly curved forwards, galea c. 1.5 mm deep.
Corolla
Petals 2-lobed; anterior lobe 3.5–5 mm tall and 3–4 mm wide, the upper margins incurved; posterior lobe 3–4.5 mm tall and 0.5–0.7 mm wide.
Labellum
Lip pendent, 4–6 mm long, linear.
Rostellum
Rostellum less than 1 mm tall.
Anthers
Anther erect, with a massive connective.
Stigma
Stigma massive, to 3 mm in diameter.
Ovary
Ovary 1–2 cm long.

[FTEA]

Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Habit
A terrestrial herb 3–4.5 dm. high, glabrous except for the roots.
Tubers
Tubers ellipsoid, ± 1.5 cm. long and 5 mm. in diameter, glabrous or ± tomentose.
Roots
Roots slender, flexuous, sparsely pubescent.
Stem
Flowering stems slender or rather slender, almost covered by the sheathing leaves; leaves 9–12, adpressed to the stem, the lowermost 1–2 sheath-like, spotted or marked with red, the remainder lanceolate, acute, the largest 4–7.5 cm. long and 5–12 mm. broad. Sterile stems short, with a few overlapping sheaths at the base and 2 or 3 leaves at the apex; leaves narrowly lanceolate, acute, 8–10 cm. long, 1–1.5 cm. broad.
Inflorescences
Inflorescence 3.5–10 cm. long, 2–2.5 cm. in diameter, not very densely 6–20-flowered.
Bracts
Bracts leafy, lanceolate, acuminate, 1.5- 2.7 cm. long, green or tinged red, mostly overtopping the flowers.
Flowers
Flowers suberect, orange or vermilion; pedicel with ovary straight, 1–1.5 cm. long.
Calyx
Dorsal sepal erect, ovate-elliptical, subacute, spurred at or above the middle, ± 6 mm. long and 3.5 mm. broad, the spur pendent, club-shaped from a narrow base, obtuse, ± 4 mm. long and 2 mm. in diameter; laterals spreading, ovate-elliptical, obtuse, 6–7 mm. long, ± 4.5 mm. broad.
Corolla
Petals erect, broadly obovate in general shape, 2-lobed near the apex, altogether 4–5.5 mm. long, nearly 4 mm. broad; front lobe broad, rounded, much larger and longer than the small oblong or lanceolate-oblong back lobe which is 1.5–2 mm. long and 1 mm. broad.
Labellum
Lip pendent, linear, ± 5 mm. long and scarcely 1 mm. broad.
Anthers
Anther erect, shortly stalked, just over 3 mm. high.
Stigma
Stigma nearly orbicular, ± 2 mm. in diameter.
Habitat
Marshes or wet grassland; 1900 m.
Distribution
T7

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Disa miniata Summerh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jun 21, 2016 Osborne, J. [JO 1089], Zambia 78410.000
Zambia 27461.059
Holmes, W.D. [0225], Malawi 1825.000
Wild, H. [3993], Zimbabwe 24694.000
Polhill, R. [1536], Tanzania 1804.000
Williamson, G. [678], Zambia 33171.000
Keeley, P.A. [53], Tanzania 49632.000
Richards, H.M. [256], Zambia K000077507 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 17: 539 (1964)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Summerh. in Kew Bulletin 17: 539, fig. 12 (1964).

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