Disa longicornu L.f. 1782 SECTION Phlebidia Lindl TYPE for the section

Plant and Flower in situ South Africa

Plant in seepage zone in situ South Africa

Colony in drip zone in situ South Africa Photos by Tyrone Genade

LATE and EARLY

Common Name The Long-Horned Disa - The Mauve Disa - The Drip Disa - Bloumoederkappie

Flower Size 2" [5 cm] wide

Found in southwest South Africa on rock faces at elevations of 600 to 1000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing lithophyte with usually 4 basal, narrowly elliptic, petiolate, lax to imbricate leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, single flowered inflorescence with bracts as long as the ovary and carrying a reupinate flower.

Synonyms Disa longicornis Thunb. 1794

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 4 1958 Drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006

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