Disa caulescens Lindl. 1838 SECTION Disa Linder Photo by Karsten Wodrich


Common Name The Stem Forming Disa

Flower Size .9" [2.3 cm]

This plant is from the Groot Winterhoek Mountains in the Western Cape Province South Africa where it grew on a small island of organic matter in the middle of a stream. In winter this island is submerged for a few months. Photo taken 30/11/92. Text by Karsten Wodrich

This South African, medium sized, cold growing terrestrial species grows along streams at elevations of 600 to 1000 meters in winter rainfall areas with leafy stems and blooms in the later spring and early summer on a laxly few flowered, to 16" [to 40 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence. Culture is similar to Disa uniflora.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 65 #2 2001 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006