Disa bracteata Sw. 1800 SECTION Monadenia

Plant and Flower in situ South Africa

Another Plant and Flower in situ South Africa Photos by Tyrone Genade

Common Name The Bracted Disa - In South Africa - Orgidekie - In Australia The South African Orchid

Flower Size 1/3" [8 mm]

Found in southernmost South Africa in Cape Province in areas of mild disturbance and Australia as a recent invasive weed at elevations of sea level to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem completely enveloped by linear-lanceolate, erect, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, cylindrical, long bracteate, many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Disa micrantha (Lindl.) Bolus 1888; Disa praetermissa Schltr. 1924; Monadenia australiensis Rupp 1946; Monadenia bracteata (Sw.) T.Durand & Schinz1894; Monadenia micrantha Lindl. 1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000 nas monadenia bracteata; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; Native Australian Orchids Jones 2006 photo fide