Disa stairsii

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Disa stairsii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diseae
Subtribe: Disinae
Genus: Disa
Species: D. stairsii
Binomial name
Disa stairsii
Kraenzl. (1892)[1]

Disa bakeri Rolfe
Disa gregoriana Rendle
Disa luxurians Kraenzl.
Disa wissmannii Kraenzl.[2]

Disa stairsii is a species of Disa of the family Orchidaceae that can be found growing with the giant heathers on the Rwenzori Mountains of mountains in East tropical Africa.[3]

Common in the heathbelt of the Ruwenzori Range Disa stairsii is cardinal red, distinct from the other foliage by its single spur which is borne on the top of the its flower and is generally growing in moss between the altitudes of 2,800 - 3,400 meters (9,200 - 11,000 feet).[3]

On Kilimanjaro D. stairsii also grows among the heath along with Erica arborea and Erica rossi, is "small pink flowered" and is hidden by clumps of grasses along with the white flowered Anemone thomsonii.[4]


  1. ^ International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI). "Plant Name Details". International Plant Names Index. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  2. ^ "Disa stairsii Kraenzl. record n° 43399". African Plants Database. South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève and Tela Botanica. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  3. ^ a b H. Peter Linder and Berit Gehrke (2 March 2006). "Common plants of the Rwenzori, particularly the upper zones" (PDF). Institute for Systematic Botany, University of Zurich. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  4. ^ Stewart, Alex; Alexander Stewart (2004). "Climate". Kilimanjaro: A Trekker's Guide. Cicerone Press Limited. ISBN 1-85284-413-2. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 

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