Disa tripetaloides [Lf.] N.E. Br. 1889 SECTION Disa Linder

Photo by Jan of South Africa

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Photo by Lourens Grobler


Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Anna S. Chai

Plant and Flowers insitu South Africa

Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

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Common Name The Tripetalus-Like Disa

Flower Size to about 1" [to 2.5 cm]

Found as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial in southwestern and southern Cape Province and Natal South Africa near permanent and fast moving water along streams, rock crevasses, seepage areas and waterfalls to elevations of 1000 meters, with narrowly oblanceolate or elliptic basal leaves with smaller stem leaves that blooms on a 2 to 5" [5 to 12.5 cm] long, apical, loosely many flowered inflorescence occuring in the winter and late summer. Culture as for Disa uniflora.

Synonyms Disa excelsa Sw. 1800; Disa falcata Schltr. 1893; Disa venosa Lindl. 1838; Herschelia excelsa (Thunb.) Kraenzl. 1904; Herschelianthe excelsa (Thunb.) Rauschert 1983; *Orchis tripetaloides L. f. 1781; Satyrium excelsum Thunb. 1784

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; photo fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 10 1980 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 7 1985 photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 drawing fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 7 2000 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 65 #2 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 oil painting/photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #10 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #3 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #2 2019 photo fide;