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


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 fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 10 1996 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 #1 2008 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #3 2013 photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera geminicaulina photo fide