Disa spathulata (L.f.) Sw. 1800 SECTION Trichochila

Flower Closeup Photos by Cameron McMaster

Another Angle

Plant and Flowers in situ South Africa

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

full sun Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Spathulate Disa

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in southern Cape Province South Africa, in damp and well drained places on shale and sandstone in full sun at elevations of sea-level to 1200 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with flat, linear, green leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, to 12" [to 30 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence,

Synonyms Disa atropurpurea Sond. 1846; Disa propinqua Sond. 1846; Disa spathulata subsp. tripartita (Lindl.) H.P.Linder 1999; Disa tripartita Lindl. 1838; Herschelia atropurpurea (Sond.) Rolfe 1913; Herschelia spathulata (L.f.) Rolfe 1913; Herschelia tripartita (Lindl.) Rolfe 1913; Herschelianthe atropurpurea (Sond.) Rauschert 1983; Herschelianthe spathulata (L.f.) Rauschert 1983; Herschelianthe spathulata subsp. tripartita (Lindl.) N.C.Anthony 1985; Herschelianthe tripartita (Lindl.) Rauschert 1983; *Orchis spathulata L.f. 1782; Satyrium spathulatum (L.f.) Thunb.1794

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D spathulata var atropurpurescens; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as D atropurpurescens drawing ok; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000 as Herschelianthe spatulata photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006

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