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Disa intermedia H.P.Linder

(name current 2016)


Growth form: Herb
Found within protected areas
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only
Local abundance: occasional
Schedule A
Illegal trade

Red Data Book Information:
Status: EN B1B2cC2a Endemism: Endemic Threats: Habitat degradation Distribution: Forbes Reef, near Mbabane, Malolotja, near Oshoek Grows at an altitude of 1,000 m. Was considered to be common at one time, but due to continued habitat destruction, it is rapidly declining. Flowers in January. Found in highveld grassland.

Regional distribution:
Swaziland endemic

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Disa patula - Robust, erect, up to 65 cm high. Stem-leaves several, erect-spreading, rather stiff, clasping at base, tapering to long point, up to 10 cm long x 1,5 cm wide. Raceme up to 20 cm long; flowers numerous, loosely set, erect-spreading; binds shorter than flowers. Perianth white or cream. Odd sepal c 1 cm long rather broadly hooded, spur about as long; lateral sepals slightly shorter. All segments point forward away from axis.

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

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Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 51:255-346????

Linder, H.P. (1981). Taxonomic studies on the Disinae III. A revision of Disa Berg. excluding sect. Micranthae Lindl. Contributions from the Bolus Herbarium No. 9:259-260, illustr. p256, map p254.

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

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