Disa draconis (L.f.) Sw. 1800 SECTION Reticulibractea

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

Part Shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Dragon-Like Disa

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in southwestern Cape Province in mountains on dry slopes in litter under bushes at elevations of 300 to 1200 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with hysteranthous basal, in a rosette, lorate to linear, spreading leaves grading to cauline leaves with dry sheathing that blooms in the spring on an erect, loose to sub-corymbose, to 24" [to 60 cm] long, to 20 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms *Orchis draconis L.f. 1782; Satyrium draconis (L.f.) Thunb.1794

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photo/drawing fide;