Disa richardiana Lem. ex Bolus 1884 SECTION Disa

Plant And Flowers

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

Full sun Cool ColdSpring

Common Name Richard's Disa [French Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in SW Cape Province South Africa, in moss on rock ledges or damp turfy areas in full sun at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terresrial with radical, ellitpical leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, corymbose, to 12" [30 cm] long, 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Orthopenthea obtusa (Lindl.) Schelpe 1966; Orthopenthea richardiana (Lem. ex Bolus) Rolfe 1912; Penthea obtusa Lindl. 1838; Penthea virginea Harv. 1838

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 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006