Disa racemosa L. f. 1782 SECTION Disa Linder


Plants and flowers in situ

Photos by Cameron McMaster

The Type form and a pure white color form

Photo by Louis Vogelpoel

Part sunto

Common Name The Racemose Disa

Flower Size to about 2" [to 5 cm]

Found in the Cape regions of South Africa in swampy areas and along streams at an altitude of 250 to 1500 meters that requires a fire to bring on blooming as a small to large sized, cold to cool growing terrestrial with 3 to 10, narrowly lanceolate leaves on a leafy stem which graduate up into bracts that blooms in the spring on an elongate, bracteate raceme that is laxly 2 to 12 flowered.

Synonyms Disa secunda Sw. 1800; Satyrium secundum Thunb. 1794

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 10 1958 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; Orquideologia Vol 14 No 1 1979; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 10 1980 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 1985 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 3 1999 photo; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 65 #2 2001 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #1 2002 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #10 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #3 2013 photo fide;