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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania to Malawi, Mpumalanga.


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

    Terrestrial herb perennating by testicular tubers. Plants 10–25 cm tall.
    Basal leaves 4–6, semi-erect, 1–3.5 cm long, narrowly elliptic, acute, undulate or crisped on the margins. Cauline leaves mostly sheathing, lanceolate, acute, grading into the floral bracts.
    Inflorescence lax, 2.5–4.5 cm long, 2–10-flowered.
    Floral bracts usually as tall as the flowers, ovate to lanceolate, acute to acuminate.
    Flowers variable in colour from greenish-white to pinky-mauve to brown, facing downwards.
    Dorsal sepal galeate; galea 2.5–3 mm long and 1.5–3 mm wide, rounded to obtuse, almost hemisphaerical. Lateral sepals c. 2.5 mm long, oblong to ovate, subacute.
    Spur 2.5–3.2 mm long, cylindric, horizontal or ascending, up-curved at the apex and irregularly clavate.
    Petals erect, somewhat curved over the rostellum and partially included within the galea, 1.8–2 mm long, obliquely quadrate-obovate.
    Lip 1.3–1.5 mm long, narrowly oblong, rounded.
    Rostellum low, flat; lateral lobes square, the central lobe almost obsolete.
    Anther horizontal with a massive connective.
    Stigma massive, pedicellate.
    Ovary 5–8 mm long.

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

    A terrestrial herb 0.5–3.5 dm. high, glabrous except for the roots.
    Tubers ellipsoid or ovoid, 8–20 mm. long, 5–10 mm. in diameter, densely and shortly tomentose.
    Roots slender, flexuous, pubescent.
    Stem erect, slender, terete, leafy throughout its length.
    Leaves 10–15, the lowest sheath-like, the next 5–7 in a bunch just above the base of the stem, suberect or spreading, linear to oblong-lanceolate, acute, the largest 1.5–9 cm, long and 2–15 mm. broad, tinged reddish or purplish, the remainder erect, ± adpressed to the stem with only the tips spreading, lanceolate, acute, decreasing in size up the stem.
    Inflorescence narrowly cylindrical, 1.5–6.5 cm, long, 1–1.5 cm. in diameter, loosely to rather densely 3- to many-flowered.
    Bracts lanceolate, acuminate, 5–15 mm. long, the lower ones sometimes overtopping the flowers.
    Flowers suberect, greenish-white, pale pink, lilac or purple; pedicel with ovary straight, 5–8 mm. long.
    Dorsal sepal erect, elliptical or almost orbicular, very convex, spurred at the back towards the base, 3–4.5 mm. long and nearly as broad when spread out, the spur horizontal or curved upwards, narrow in the lower part, swollen at the apex, 2.5–3.5 mm. long; laterals projecting forwards, elliptical or oblong-elliptical, rounded, 2.5–3.5 mm. long, ± 2 mm. broad.
    Petals erect, inside the dorsal sepal, very obliquely quadrate-obovate from a narrow base, rounded at the top and much widened on the outer side, 2–3 mm. long, 1.5–2 mm. broad.
    Lip projecting forwards, linear-ligulate, rounded, ± 2 mm. long and 0.5 mm. broad.
    Column erect, very short; anther horizontal or nearly so, 0.75 mm. long; stigma in front of anther, ± orbicular or transversely elliptical, 0.6 mm. in diameter.
    Steep rocky slopes, among lava or pumice; 2400–3100 m.
    subsp. rhodesiaca in Rhodesia and Mozambique T7



    Native to:

    Malawi, Northern Provinces, Tanzania

    Other Data

    Disa rungweensis Schltr. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Aug 17, 1982 Croix, I.l.a. [326], Malawi K000283127
    May 13, 1974 Williamson, G. [363], Malawi K000283128
    Jan 1, 1915 Stolz, A. [2437], Tanzania K000077559 isotype
    Zambia 1800.056
    Richards, H.M. [14302], Tanzania 3818.000
    Richards, H.M. [14302], Tanzania K000283130
    Pawek, J. [9113], Malawi K000283132
    Thompson, G.W. [891], Tanzania K000283129
    Thompson, G.W. [969], Tanzania K000283131


    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 543 (1915)

    Accepted by

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


    Kew Backbone Distributions

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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Mansf. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Beih. 68: t. 38/151 (1932).
    • Schltr. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 53: 543 (1915).


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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