Disa elegans Sond. ex Rchb.f. 1865 SECTION Disa

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

Part Shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Elegant Disa

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in outhwestern Cape Province South Africa in mountains in marshy to wet areas at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a small to just large sized, cold growing terrestrial with all cauline, largest basally leaves that blooms after fires in the spring on a corymbose, to 24" [to 60 cm] long, to 15 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Orthopenthea elegans (Sond. ex Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006