Disa sagittalis (L. f.) Sw. 1800 SECTION Coryphaea TYPE for the Section

Plant and Flowers in situ South Africa

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


Common Name The Arrow-Shaped Disa

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in South Africa in stony soil in rock crevasses or along streams at elevations of sea level to 1000 meters partail shade as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with large tubes and a stem carrying 5 to 10 basal, elliptical leaves that are green at blooming and dry sheathing leaves on the stem that blooms on a basal, 3/4" to 4 3/4" [2 to 12 cm] long, laxly to densely, few to many flowered inflorescence occuring in the spring.

Synonyms Disa attenuata Lindl. 1838; *Orchis sagittalis L.f. 1782; Satyrium sagittale (L.f.) Thunb. 1794

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 7 1958 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006