Disa atricapilla (Harv. ex Lindl.) Bolus 1882 SECTION Disa Linder

Photo by Karsten Wodrich

Flower Closeup

Photo by Cameron McMaster


Common Name The Black-Haired Disa

Flower Size

Found in South Africa in montane seepage areas and damp localities at elevations of sea level to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a corymbose flower arrangement from with cauline, linear-lanceolate, basally concentrated leaves where it blooms in the summer.

This plant needs a dry period through the late spring and summer to keep the plant healthy.

Synonyms Orthopenthea atricapilla (Harv. ex Lindl.) Rolfe 1912; *Penthea atricapilla Harv. ex Lindl. 1842

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #10 2011 photo fide; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photos fide;