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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Disa P.J.Bergius
      1. Disa perplexa H.P.Linder

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria, Kenya to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Terrestrial herb perennating by tubers.
    Shoots
    Fertile shoots 30–90 cm tall; cauline leaves imbricate, mostly sheathing, 4–8 cm long, lanceolate, acute.
    Fertile
    Fertile shoots 30–90 cm tall; cauline leaves imbricate, mostly sheathing, 4–8 cm long, lanceolate, acute.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence dense, (5)10–25 cm long, cylindric, flowers numerous.
    Bracts
    Floral bracts 1.5–2 cm long, narrowly ovate to lanceolate, acuminate, overtopping the flowers or rarely the apex deflexed.
    Flowers
    Flowers facing down, white; sepals with green and purple spots.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal galeate; galea 5.5–6.5 mm long, 4–4.5 mm wide and c. 2 mm deep, elliptic-ovate, subacute. Lateral sepals 5–5.5 mm long, oblong, obtuse.
    Spur
    Spur 9–11 mm long, cylindric,horizontal from a small conical base, soon decurved, (apparently ascending at the base because the galea faces downwards).
    Corolla
    Petals 4.5–5 mm long, oblong, obliquely acute, mid-vein falcately curved.
    Labellum
    Lip 3–5 × 1.3–2 mm, elliptic-spathulate, subacute.
    Rostellum
    Rostellum 1.5–2 mm tall, lateral lobes parallel.
    Anthers
    Anther 1.5–2 mm long.
    Stigma
    Stigma stipitate.
    Ovary
    Ovary c. 1 cm long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Other Data

    Disa perplexa H.P.Linder appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1981 Robinson, E. A. [4126], Zambia K000077544 holotype
    Cribb, P.J. [6016], Malawi 49149.000
    Gassner, A. [141], Malawi 46487.000

    Bibliography

    First published in Contr. Bolus Herb. 9: 128 (1981)

    Accepted by

    • Johnson, S. & Bytebier, B. (2015). Orchids of South Africa. A field guide: 1-536. Struik nature, Cape Town, South Africa.
    • Bytebier, B. (2012-). Personal communication on Orchidaceae 15 Bews Herbarium (NU), 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