Disa hians Spreng. 1826 SECTION Trichochila

Color Form "Lafayette" CBR/AOS Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Michael Gallagher

Plant and Inflorescence

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

Part sunCoolTo ColdLATESpringTo EARLYSummer

Common Name The Open Disa - Bloumoederkappie

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southern Cape Province South Africa in well drained often gravelly soils at elevations of sea level to 1000 meters near the cape as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 6 to 8 radical, semi-rigid, erect leaves, completely sheathing, lax, brown cauline leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, erect, lax, 3 to 16 flowered inflorescence carrying very color variable, non resupinate flowers .

Synonyms Disa lacera Sw. 1800; Disa outeniquensis Schltr. 1924; Graphorkis hians (L.f.) Kuntze 1891; Herschelia hians (L.f.) A.V.Hall 1973; Herschelia lacera (Sw.) Fourc. 1932; Herschelianthe hians (L.f.) Rauschert 1983; Herschelianthe lacera (Sw.) Rauschert 1983; Limodorum hians (L.f.) Thunb. 1794 ;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 10 1958 drawing as D lacera; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Herschelia hians; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 as Herschelianthe hians; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 #7 2007 photo fide;