Disa obtusa Lindl.1838 SECTION Disella Lindl. TYPE for the section Photo by Marland Holderness and his Flickr Website

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

Part shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Obtuse Disa

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in southwest and Southern Cape Province South Africa in damp, sandy areas at elevations of sea-level to 1000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with usually slender, cauline, linear, erect, imbricate leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, to 16" [40 cm] long, slender, dense many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Disa obtusa subsp. hottentotica H.P.Linder 1981; Disa obtusa subsp. picta (Sond.) H.P.Linder 1981; Disa picta Sond. 1846; Disa tabularis Sond. 1846

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006

Disa obtusa subsp. picta (Sond.) H.P.Linder 1981

Plant in situ South Africa Photos by Cameron McMaster

Differs from the type in having a shorter dorsal sepal and a much longer spur mostly on peaty slopes at elevations of 300 to 1500 meters

Synonyms Disa pappei Rolfe 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide;

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