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

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D gladioliflora subsp capricornis

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Part Shade Cold Fall

Common Name The Gladiola-Like Flowered Disa

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in southern Cape Province South Africa in sandy areas in mountains at elevations of 750 to 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, 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; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as D gladioliflora subsp capriconis photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo not = D galadiolaflora subsp capricornis/drawing fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 as D gladiolaflora susp capricornis; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006

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