Disa tenuis Lindley 1838 SECTION Trichochila Photo by Mahendran Moodley and The Wild Orchids of South Africa Website

DRAWING A 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;