Disa perplexa H.P.Linder 1981 SECTION Micranthae

Plant and Flowers insitu

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

Part sun Warm Cool LATE Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Perplexing Disa

Flower Size 3/8" [1.1 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Transvaal South Africa in wet grasslands as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with imbricate, cauline, lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, terminal, to 10" [to 25 cm] long, cylindric, densely many flowered inflorescence with narrowly ovate to lanceolate, acuminate, exceeding the flowers floral bnracts

Similar to D hircicornis but this one differs in the elliptic-spathulate lip and the shorter lateral sepals and flowers with white and green spotted with maroon. D hircicornis has a narrowly oblong lip, longer lateral sepals and the flowers are reddish purple to dusty mauve and are usually unspotted.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 photo fide; The Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #10 2015 photo fide;