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

Photos by Andrew Massyn

Plant in situ

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; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 4 19991 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 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; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #1 2013 photo fide;