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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Disa P.J.Bergius
      1. Disa versicolor Rchb.f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

    [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.
    Shoots
    Sterile shoots 4–7 cm tall, (3)5-leaved; leaves semi-erect, conduplicate, rarely petiolate, 15–30(40) cm long, very narrowly elliptic, acute. Fertile shoots (20)30–50(70) cm tall; cauline leaves usually imbricate, mostly sheathing, grading apically into the floral bracts, to 12 cm long, lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate, acute.
    Sterile
    Sterile shoots 4–7 cm tall, (3)5-leaved; leaves semi-erect, conduplicate, rarely petiolate, 15–30(40) cm long, very narrowly elliptic, acute.
    Fertile
    Fertile shoots (20)30–50(70) cm tall; cauline leaves usually imbricate, mostly sheathing, grading apically into the floral bracts, to 12 cm long, lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate, acute.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence dense, 6–20(30) cm long, many-flowered.
    Bracts
    Floral bracts c. 1 cm long, lanceolate, acuminate, often dry.
    Flowers
    Flowers usually facing down; colours variable, pink to scarlet or reddish, often mottled, sepals often turning brown at anthesis, lip and petals green from a purple base.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal angled downwards, galeate; galea 4.5–6.5 mm long, 3.5–4.5 mm wide and 3–4.5 mm deep, ovate to broadly elliptic, obtusely or bluntly apiculate. Lateral sepals 4.5–6.5 mm long, narrowly oblong to lanceolate, acute.
    Spur
    Spur from the middle of the galea, straight or more usually sharply deflexed at the base, (4)5–7 mm long, cylindrical.
    Corolla
    Petals 4–5 mm long, obliquely ovate, acute, erect, partially exserted from the galea, deflexed inwards in about the middle.
    Labellum
    Lip 4.5–5.5 mm long, lorate to narrowly oblanceolate, obtuse.
    Rostellum
    Rostellum lateral lobes angled forwards.
    Anthers
    Anther 2.2 mm long.
    Stigma
    Stigma pedicellate.
    Ovary
    Ovary c. 8 mm long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Disa versicolor Rchb.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1865 Welwitsch [714], Angola K000077556 isotype
    Zimbabwe 43008.000
    Hall, A.V. [849], South Africa 26848.000
    Fries, T.C.E. [3481], Zimbabwe 24794.000
    Norlindh, T. [4671], Zimbabwe 24796.000
    Norlindh, T. [4828], Zimbabwe 24803.000
    Crook [428], Zimbabwe 24693.000
    Mac Owan, P. [1123], South Africa K000077598 isotype
    Mac Owan, P. [1123], South Africa K000077597 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Flora 48: 181 (1865)

    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.

    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