Disa miniata Summerh. 1964 SUBGENUS Micranthe

Plant and Flowers in situ

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

Part shade Cool LATE Spring

Common Name The Least Disa

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe in wet grasslands and river valleys at elevations above 1000 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial with a sterile shoot carrying, oblanceolate-linear, acute, conduplicate leaves and a fertile shoot carrying imbricate to subimbricate, lanceolate, acute, closely sheathing cauline leaves that blooms in the late spring on an erect, to 28" [70 cm] long, subdense to dense, 5 to 40 flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Tropical East Africa Vol 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006