Disa brevicornis (Lindl.) Bolus 1889 SUBGENUS Hircicornes SECTION Monadenia

Photo by Cameron McMaster

Flower Closeup

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Full sun Cold LATERSpring Summer Fall

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 2000 to 2800 meters as a small to medium sized, 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 later spring, summer and fall 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 ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 as Monadenia brevicornis; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 2 1979 as Monadenia brevicornis photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Monadenia brevicornis photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 as Monadenia brevicornis drawing/photo fide; ; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 #7 2007 photo fide; 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; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #3 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #3 2013 as D cooperi photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;