Disa ornithantha Schltr.1915 SECTION Micranthe

Plant and Flowers insitu

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

Part sun Warm Cool LATE Spring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Bird-Like Flowered Disa

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in Zaire, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe in woodlands and wet montane grasslands at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a sterile shoot with 3 to 4 , erect, conduplicate, linear, acute leaves and a fertile shoot with cauline, imbricate, ovate to lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, terminal, 1.6 to 3.6" [4 to 9 cm] long, 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006