Disa tenella (L.f.) Sw.1800 SUBGENUS Stenocarpa SECTION Stenocarpa

Plant and Flowers in situ

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

D tenella subsp pusilla

Photo by Kurzweil

Full sun Cool Cold LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Very Delicate Leafed Disa

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cape Province South Africa in coastal flats and mountains in damp sandy to clayey areas in full sun at elevations of 300 to 1200 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with cauline, linear, erect, spiralling leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, terminal, cylindrical, to 6" [to 15 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence,

Synonyms Disa tenella subsp. pusilla H.P.Linder 1981; *Orchis tenella L.f. 1782; Satyrium tenellum (L.f.) Thunb. 1794

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982 as D tenella subsp pusilla photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 as D tenella susp pusilla photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006