Disa polygonoides Lindl. 1838 SUBGENUS Micromanthe

Flower Closeup

Plant & Flowers in situ East Cape South Africa

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

Full sun Cool LATERSpring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Polygonum-Like Disa [Like a Knotweed, intention unclear]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Mozambique, Swaziland, Transvaal, Natal, and Cape Province South Africa in damp grasslands or on riverbanks in full sun at elevations of 300 to 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a rarely developing sterile shoot and a fertile shoot with cauline leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on an erect, very densely 30 to 50 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Disa natalensis Lindl. 1842

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;