Disa caffra Bolus 1889 SECTION Micranthae Photo courtesy of The Alfred County Orchid Society South Africa

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Alain Petitjean

Part SunCoolLATER SpringSummer

Common Name or Meaning The ZuluLand Disa

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Zaire, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa and Madagascar in bogs and wet grasslands at elevations of 100 to 400 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with an oblong tuber, giving rise to 5 to 7, linear-acute, plicate leaves that blooms in the later spring and summer on an erect, densely many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Disa compta Summerh. 1964; Disa perrieri Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1981 as Disa perrier; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 as D perrieri; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 9 1979 photo; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide