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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Disa P.J.Bergius
      1. Disa rhodantha Schltr.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to E. Cape Prov.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Terrestrial herb with separate fertile and sterile shoots; perennating by testicular tubers.
    Sterile
    Sterile shoots 3–4-leaved; leaves erect, conduplicate, often petiolate, 20–30 cm long, narrowly elliptic to linear, acute.
    Shoots
    Fertile shoots 8–16-leaved; leaves cauline, subimbricate, grading into the floral bracts, mostly sheathing; blades 3–10 cm long, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate. Sterile shoots 3–4-leaved; leaves erect, conduplicate, often petiolate, 20–30 cm long, narrowly elliptic to linear, acute.
    Fertile
    Fertile shoots 8–16-leaved; leaves cauline, subimbricate, grading into the floral bracts, mostly sheathing; blades 3–10 cm long, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence dense, 10–15(20) cm long, 15–30-flowered.
    Flowers
    Flowers facing down, pink to red, lip yellow to pink.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal galeate; galea erect, 7–10 mm long, 4–5 mm wide and 3.5–4.5 mm deep, oblong, acute. Lateral sepals 7–10 mm long, oblong, obtuse to acute, apiculi up to 1.5 mm long.
    Spur
    Spur slender, 7–17 mm long, cylindrical from a conical base, ascending, apex somewhat swollen, obtuse.
    Corolla
    Petals 5.5–8 mm long, obliquely narrowly oblong, somewhat variable in shape, apex curved over the rostellum, occasionally serrate.
    Labellum
    Lip pendent, 6–7 mm long, narrowly oblanceolate to oblanceolate, rarely narrowly elliptic, apical margins sometimes faintly serrate.
    Rostellum
    Rostellum 2–2.5 mm tall, lateral lobes parallel.
    Anthers
    Anther 2–3 mm long, cells ovate.
    Stigma
    Stigma shortly stipitate.
    Ovary
    Ovary erect, 1–1.5 cm long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

    Other Data

    Disa rhodantha Schltr. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1895 Hallack, R. [15], South Africa K000077593
    Beasley, A.J. [38], Zimbabwe 26803.000
    Schlechter, F.R.R. [3756], South Africa K000077594 isotype
    Schlechter, F.R.R. [3756], South Africa K000077595 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Beibl. Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 50: 40 (1895)

    Accepted by

    • Johnson, S. & Bytebier, B. (2015). Orchids of South Africa. A field guide: 1-536. Struik nature, Cape Town, South Africa.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Johnson, S. & Bytebier, B. (2015). Orchids of South Africa. A field guide: 1-536. Struik nature, Cape Town, South Africa.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0