Disa marlothii Bolus 1905 SECTION Coryphaea Lindl.

Plant and Flowers in situ Cape Province

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

Part shade Cool Cold LATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name Marloth's Disa [German, South African Botanist and Chemist late 1800's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southwestern and southern Cape Province rock crevasses near streams in mountains at elevations around 600 to 1200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a basal rosette of 3 to 10, elliptic, spreading, the rest lax, cauline sheathing leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, to 14" [to 35 cm] long, corymbose, 1 to 6 flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006