Disa stachyoides Rchb.f. 1881 SECTION Trichochila

Inflorescence Photos by Lourens Grobler

Full sun Cold LATE SpringSummer

Common Name The Stachys-Like Disa [A common Eurasian herb]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Lesotho, Swaziland, Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal South Africa in upland grasslands in full sun at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with linear to lanceolate, imbricate leaves on a fertile stem that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, terminal, 4 to 16" [10 to 40 cm] long, usually densely many [15 to 40] flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Monadenia leydenburgensis Kraenzl. 1900

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 9 1979 photo good; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo ok; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;