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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa (Nyika Plateau).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Terrestrial herb 20–40 cm tall.
Morphology Leaves
Basal leaves c. 6, produced after flowering, c. 30 cm long and 1–2 mm wide, semi-erect, subsclerophyllous. Cauline leaves few, completely sheathing, 2–3 cm long, acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence laxly 2–10-flowered, 4–13 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts dry, c. 1 cm long, ovate, acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white to blue or dark-mauve, occasionally the apices of the petals green.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur 3–5 mm long and c. 2 mm in diameter, terete, cylindrical or laterally flattened, horizontal or gradually ascending.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Lateral sepals patent, 10–12 mm long, narrowly ovate to lanceolate, subacuminate. Dorsal sepal galeate; galea erect, 10–12 mm tall, c. 8 mm wide and 4–6 mm deep, acuminate, with an erect to reflexed apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals with an ovate basal anticous lobe c. 2 mm wide; petal limb c. 12 × 1.5–2 mm, lorate in the lower part and curving up beside the anther within the galea, widened and unequally acutely 2-lobed at the apex with the anterior lobe longer than the posterior lobe.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 11–13 mm long, narrowly ovate to lanceolate, curved upwards, margins almost entire to shallowly fimbriate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther horizontal, c. 3 mm long, the connective longer than the anther.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Rostellum
Rostellum with erect canaliculate lateral lobes 1.5 mm tall.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigma subsessile, somewhat angled forwards.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 1–1.5 cm long, usually curved.

Native to:

Malawi, Zimbabwe

Disa praecox (H.P.Linder) H.P.Linder appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Harrison, G. [312], Zambia Herschelia praecox K000077653
Craix, J.Z. la [1048], Malawi Herschelianthe praecox K000315924
Craix, J.Z. la [849], Malawi Herschelianthe praecox K000315926
Williamson, G. [312], Zambia Herschelianthe praecox K000315925 Unknown type material
Williamson, G. [1023], Zambia Herschelianthe praecox K000315928
Robinson, E.A. [6259], Zambia Herschelianthe praecox K000315927

First published in H.P.Linder & H.Kurzweil, Orchids S. Africa: 470 (1999)

Accepted by

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

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