Disa brevicornis (Lindl.) Bolus 1889 SUBGENUS Hircicornes SECTION Monadenia Photo by Cameron McMaster

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Full sun Cool Cold LATESpring EARLIERSummer

Common Name The Short Horned Disa

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Lesotho, Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free State, Transvaal South Africa in montane grasslands at elevations around 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a sterile shoot and an erect fertile shoot carrying numerous, imbricating, narrowly lanceolate to rarely narrowly ovate, acute, lower leaves largest ascending and grading smaller into the floral bracts and blooms in the late spring and earlier summer on a lax, cylindrical, 1.6 to 12" [4 to 30 cm] long, several to many successive flowering inflorescence.

Synonyms Monadenia brevicornis Lindl.1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 2 1979; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Monadenia brevicornis photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995 as Monadenia brevicornis; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000 as Monadenia brevicornis; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide

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