Disa woodii Schltr. 1924 SECTION Micranthae

Inflorescence Photos by Lourens Grobler

Part shade Warm Spring

Common Name Wood's Disperis [South African Botanist early 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in grasslands , swamps and on disturbed roadsides at elevations below 1500 meters as a small to large sized, warm growing terrestrial in light shade with testicular tubers giving rise to a sterile shoot with 3 to 4, erect, acute, linear to lorate leaves and a fertile shoot with 6 to 25, cauline, linear to narrowly lanceolate, acute, smaller up the stem leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, 1 to 7" [2.5 to 17 cm] long, densely 80 to 100 flowered inflorescence with narrowly ovate, acute to subacuminate, as tall as the flowers and with reflexed apices.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 2 1979 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 9 1979 photo; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide ; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide