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

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