Disa harveyana Lindl. 1842 SECTION Reticulibractea

Inflorescence in full bloom

Plant with tuber in situ South Africa

Plant as Inflorescence arises

Photos by Tyrone Genade


Common Name Harvey's Disa [Irish Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Southwest South Africa in shrubby habitats on dry slopes associated with sandstone as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with basal, lorate, dry at flowering leaves that blooms in the spring [subsp harveyana] through early summer [subsp longicalcarata] on a terminal, erect, lax, fto 24" [to 60 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Disa harveyana subsp. longicalcarata S.D.Johnson & H.P.Linder 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Synonym of D draconis; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 as D harveyana var longicalcarata; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #10 2011 photo fide; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photo/drawing fide;