Disa virginalis H.P.Linder 1998 SECTION Phlebidia

Plant and Flowers in situ Cape Province South Africa Photos by D. Bellstedt and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cold Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Virginal Disa [refers to the white flowers]

Flower Size 3/4 to 1.2" [1.7 to 3 cm]

Found in southwestern Cape Province of South Africa on fully shaded sandstone rock faces in shallow mossy soils at elevations of 800 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with subflexuous stems carrying 3 to 6, basal, linear-oblanceolate leaves and reduced, cauline, membraneous, brown-veined, grading into the bracts above leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, single flowered inflorescence carrying unscented flowers


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