Disa ophrydea (Lindl.) Bolus 1888 SECTION Monadenia

Plant and Flowers in situ

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

Part sun Cool Spring

Common Name The Ophyrs-Like Disa

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southwestern and southern Cape Province South Africa on south-facing montane slopes in dry to moist sandy to gravelly soils at elevations of 100 to 800 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with lanceolate to narrowly lanceoalte, suffused with beet red leaves that blooms in teh spring on an erect, terminal, to 16" [to 40 cm] long, lax, several flowereed inflorescence

Synonyms Brownleea pentheriana Kraenzl. ex Zahlbr. 1905; Disa sonderiana Schltr. ex Kraenzl. 1900; *Monadenia ophrydea Lindl.1838;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Monadenia ophrydea; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Monadenia ophrydea photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 4 1991 as Monadenia ophrydea photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #1 2002 photo ok; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #5 2015 drawing fide;