Disa crassicornis Lindl. 1838 SUBGENUS Micranthae

Photo by Antoin Le Lirzen.

Pink Flower Form

Photos by Cameron McMaster

Plant and Flower in situ South Africa


Common Name The Thick Horned Disa

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Lesotho, Cape Province and Natal South Africa in grasslands, riverine forests, rock ledges and swamps at elevations of 600 to 2700 meters as a giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a stem enveloped by leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 3 to 4, narrowly lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the spring through early fall on a 4 to 12" [10 to 30 cm] long, several to many flowered inflorescence carrying scented flowers

Synonyms Disa jacottetiae Kraenzl. 1915; Disa megaceras Hook.f. 1880; Disa oliveriana Rchb.f. 1886

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 2 1979as D jacottitiae photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 9 1979 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 9 1979 as D jacottetiae photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 10 1995 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 10 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 #7 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #10 2011 photo fide;