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Species Information
 

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Disa stachyoides Rchb.f.
(name current 2016)

Orchidaceae

Growth form: Herb
Southern African Endemic
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Cultural uses
Illegal trade

Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc Distribution: Mlembe, Malolotja Widespread in many parts of South Africa. Also reported in Lesotho.

Regional distribution:
Widespread in many parts of South Africa. Also reported in Lesotho.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Disa stachyoides - Erect, rather stiff, up to 30 cm high. Stem leaves few, erect-spreading, finely pointed, up to 8 cm long X 1 cm wide. Spike rather dense, up to 10 cm long, middle bracts about same length as flowers. Perianth segments brownish red, c 5 mm long; odd sepal hooded, spur about same length, horizontal; side petals turned downwards; lip little shorter, rather broad.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.


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References

Stewart, J., H.P. Linder, E.A. Schelpe, A.V. Hall. 1982. Wild Orchids of Southern Africa. Macmillan South Africa, Johannesburg.