Disa aurata (Bolus) L.T.Parker & Koop. 1993 SECTION Disa

Photo by Rogier van Vugt


Common Name The Golden Disa

Flower Size

Found in the mountains in the Swellendam area of Cape Province South Africa on stream banks and on damp montain slopes at elevations of sea level to 1000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with radical, narrowly lanceolate leaves grading into cauline leaves up the stem that blooms in the later spring and early summer on an erect, lax, several flowered inflroescence with non-resupinate flowers.

Similar to D tripetaloides but D aurata has bright yellow flowers with a shallower hood, longer lateral seplas and a shorter spur.

Synonyms Disa tripetaloides subsp. aurata (Bolus) H.P.Linder 1981; *Disa tripetaloides var. aurata Bolus 1893;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D tripetaloides var aurata; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as D tripetaloides ssp aurata photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 65 #2 2001 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #3 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #2 2019 photo fide;