Disa ochrostachya Rchb.f. 1865 SUBGENUS Micranthe

Plant and Flowers in situ

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

Part sun Cool Cold Spring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Ochre-Colored Inflorescence Disa

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Rwanda, Zaire, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in montane grasslands at elevations of 1500 to 2600 meters as a miniature to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a sterile shoot with erect, acute, narrowly elliptic, conduplicate leaves and a fertile much taller, slender to robust, cauline, imbricate, acute to apiculate leaves that blooms in the spring through early summer on an erect, lax, 6" to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, 50 to 200 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Disa adolphi-fridericii Kraenzl. 1909; Disa aurantiaca Rchb.f. 1867; Disa ochrostachya var. major Rendle 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing hmm; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; The Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide