Disa bivalvata (L. f.) T. Durand & Schinz. 1892 SUBGENUS Disa SECTION Disa Photo by Marland Holderness and his Flickr Website

Inflorescence Photo by Cameron McMaster


Common Name The Two-Folded Disa

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8 cm]

Flowers in the summer on an erect, terminal, 2" [5 cm] long, corymbose inflorescence with many flowers and is from the western Cape area of South Africa, where it grows in wet boggy areas to elevations of sealevel 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with all cauline, basally clustered leaves . Culture is similar to Disa uniflora.

Synonyms Disa melaleuca (Thunb.) Sw. 1800; *Ophrys bivalvata L. f. 1781; Orthopenthea bivalvata (L. f.) Rolfe 1912; Penthea melaleuca (Sw.) Lindl. 1838; Serapias melaleuca Thunb. 1794

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #1 2002 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 as Penthea melaleuca drawing fide;