Disa clavigera (Lindl.) Bolus 1888 SECTION Schizodium

Another Color form

Plant and Flowers in situ Photos by Cameron McMaster

Drawing Drawing by Harry Bolus


Common Name The Club-Carrying Disa

Flower Size 3/4" [1.75 cm]

Found in southwest Cape Province of South Africa in flats near the coast in deep sand that is damp and wet in winter and spring at elevations of sea-level to 300 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool growing terrestrial with cauline leaves with free apices that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, terminal, 1 to 6" [2.5 to 15 cm] long, 2 to 6 [9] flowered inflorescence

Many references put this species as a synonym of D obliqua subsp clavigera but I have kept this one as a distinct species for now.

Synonyms ; Disa gueinzii (Rchb.f.) Bolus 1889; Disa obliqua subsp. clavigera (Lindl.) Bytebier 2008; Schizodium clavigerum Lindl. 1838; Schizodium gueinzii Rchb.f. 1847; Schizodium modestum L.Bolus 1939; Schizodium obliquum subsp. clavigerum (Lindl.) H.P.Linder 1981; Schizodium obtusatum Lindl. 1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S obtusatum; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 Schizodium obliquum subsp. clavigerum; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; as Schizodium clavigerum; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006 as Schizodium obliquum subsp. clavigerum