Disa cernua [Thunb.] Sw. 1800 SECTION Monadenia

Plant and Flowers in situ South Africa

Photos courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Common Name The Overhanging Disa

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found only in southwestern South Africa in damp areas in full sun at elevations of sea-level to 400 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with linear-lanceolate leaves that flowers in the spring on an erect, terminal, 4 to 10" [10 to 25 cm] long, sub-densely many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Disa physodes Thunb. 1807; Disa prasinata Ker Gawl. 1817; Monadenia cernua (Thunb.) T. Durand & Schinz 1895; Monadenia inflata Sond. 1846; Monadenia prasinata Lindl. 1838; *Satyrium cernuum Thunb. 1794

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Monadenia cernua photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photos fide;