Disa ovalifolia Sond.1846 SECTION Ovalifoliae Linder TYPE for the section

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

Part sun Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Oval-Shaped Leaf Disa

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8 cm]

Found in west southwest Cape Province South Africa in sandy soils on mountains at elevations of 100 to 1200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 4 to 6, subpetiolate, ovate spreading leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, cylindrical, 10 to 15 flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006