Disa tenuicornis Bolus 1885 SECTION Disella Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Fragrant Part Sun Cold LATER Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Narrow Spurred Disa

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southwestern Cape Province South Africa on steep south facing slopes in sandy soils at elevations of 700 to 1200 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a robust, erect stem carrying, linear-acuminate, imbricate, grading intothe bracts above leaves that blooms in the later winter on a terminal, erect, densely many flowered inflorescence with dry brown floral bracts and carries mild to pungently urine scented flowers.

This terrestrial orchid is dependent on fires to bloom.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photos fide;