Disa gladioliflora Burch. ex Lindl. 1838 SECTION Stenocarpa TYPE for the section

Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part Shade Cool Cold Fall

Common Name The Gladiola-Like Flowered Disa

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in S Cape Province South Africa in sandy areas in mountains at elevations of 750 to 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with radical, hysteranthous, linear leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, 10 to 20" [25 to 50 cm] long, lax, few flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Disa capricornis Rchb.f. 1847; Disa gladioliflora subsp. capricornis (Rchb.f.) H.P.Linder 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as D capricornis; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006