Disa cephalotes Rchb.f. 1881 SECTION Stenocarpa Lindl.

Flower Closeup Photos by Lourens Grobler

Full Sun ColdSummer

Common Name The Head Shaped Disa

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Lesotho, Cape Province, Natal and Orange Free State South Africa in dry to damp grasslands or rarely in moss on rock faces in full sun at elevations of 1500 to 3000 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with cauline, narrowly lanceolate to linear, hard to soft leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, subcapitate, several to many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Disa cephalotes subsp. frigida (Schltr.) H.P.Linder 1981; Disa frigida Schltr.1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006

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