Disa densiflora (Lindl.) Bolus 1889 SECTION Monadenia

Plant and Inflorescence

Photos courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Full sun Cold Spring

Common Name The Densely Flowered Disa

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern and southwesterrn Cape Province in coastal flats at elevations of sea-level to 1800 meters in sand and stony soils as a mini-miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with many linear-lanceolate leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, slender, to 14" [35 cm] long, cylindrical, many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Disa auriculata Bolus 1896; Disa multiflora (Sond.) Bolus 1888; Monadenia auriculata (Bolus) Rolfe 1912; *Monadenia densiflora Lindl.1838; Monadenia multiflora Sond. 1846

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Monadenia densiflora photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000 as Monadenia densiflora; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006