Disa tenuis Lindley 1838 SECTION Trichochila

Photo by Mahendran Moodley and The Wild Orchids of South Africa Website


Drawing by Harry Bolus and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shadeCoolTo ColdFall

Common Name or Meaning The Delicate Disa

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in southwestern Cape province in montane stony habitats at elevations between sea level and 1000 meters as a small to medium [when in bloom sized], cool to cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying 2 to 4, grasslike, linear leaves withering before flowering in the fall on a terminal, erect, elongate, lax to cylindrical, many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Amphigena leptostachys [Sond] Rolfe 1913; Amphigena tenuis [Lindl] Rolfe 1913; Disa leptostachys Sond. 1846; Monadenia tenuis [Lindl] Kraenzl. 1900;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Amphigena tenuis; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe and Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #5 2015 drawing fide;