Disa Six

Disa is a genus in the family Orchidaceae and is mostly found in southern and eastern Africa. Species are deciduous or evergreen terrestrial plants with both tuberous and stoloniferous root systems. They are found from sea level to about 7000 feet. Species S-Z are found on this page.


Disa species A-Ce - Disa species Ch-D - Disa species E-N - Disa species O-R - Disa species S-Z - Disa index


Disa sagittalis is an almost evergreen species found on rocks, along streams, growing in shade in the Southern and Eastern Cape, Transkei and southern Natal. Flowers are small, white to mauve with darker petals. Photos #1-2 by Cameron McMaster taken at Mt.Thomas in the Amatola Mountains in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Photos #3-4 taken on Gaika's Kop January 2010 by Cameron McMaster and Bob Rutemoeller. Photo 5 taken by Christopher Whitehouse January 2012 also at Gaika's Kop.

Disa sagittalis, Mt. Thomas, Cameron McMasterDisa sagittalis, Mt. Thomas, Cameron McMasterDisa sagittalis, Gaika's Kop, Cameron McMasterDisa sagittalis, Gaika's Kop, Bob RutemoellerDisa sagittalis, Gaika's Kop, Christopher Whitehouse

Disa scullyi is a summer rainfall species found in marshes and swamps in the Eastern Cape. It grows to 50 cm and has 2-4 erect leaves and beautiful spreading pink or white flowers with a green lip. It blooms in summer. Photo by Rod Saunders.

Disa scullyi, Rod Saunders

Disa stachyoides is a very common summer rainfall species found in grassland up to 2800 meters from the Eastern Cape to Limpopo province. It has small purple flowers with a white lip and a long broad flat almost horizontal spur. Photos taken January 2010 near Maclear by Cameron McMaster, Bob Rutemoeller, and Mary Sue Ittner.

Disa stachyoides, Maclear, Cameron McMasterDisa stachyoides, Maclear, Bob RutemoellerDisa stachyoides, Maclear, Mary Sue IttnerDisa stachyoides, Maclear, Mary Sue Ittner

Disa stricta is found on grassy slopes and damp floodplains. Flowers are pink to lilac with a darker lip. Photos by Cameron McMaster taken on Mt. Thomas in the Eastern Cape in the Amatola Mountains, South Africa.

Disa stricta, Mt. Thomas, Cameron McMasterDisa stricta, Mt. Thomas, Cameron McMaster

Disa thodei is a slender species growing to 300 mm found along streams, in damp alpine grassland in the Eastern Cape and in KwaZulu-Natal from 1800 to 3000 meters. It has 3 to 8 white to mauve mottled pink flowers and is strongly scented. This species blooms December to January. Photos taken in January at Tiffendell and Naude's Nek by Cameron McMaster and at Naude's Nek by Bob Rutemoeller, and Mary Sue Ittner.

Disa thodei, Tiffendell, Cameron McMasterDisa thodei, Naude's Nek, Cameron McMasterDisa thodei, Naude's Nek, Bob RutemoellerDisa thodei, Naude's Nek, Bob RutemoellerDisa thodei, Naude's Nek, Mary Sue IttnerDisa thodei, Naude's Nek, Mary Sue Ittner

Disa uniflora or The Pride of Table Mountain is probably the most noteworthy example of the genus. It is an evergreen species from the western and southwestern Cape of South Africa. Growing to a height of around three feet, and commonly bearing up to six, 4 to 5 inch red, orange or pink flowers, it can be truly a gorgeous sight. The first two photos are of Disa uniflora in a Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden greenhouse. The next two show different striking cultivars. The first four photos by Rogan Roth. The fifth photo from Ragnhild Crawford was taken at Betty's Bay. The last photo was taken by Rod Saunders.

Disa uniflora, Rogan RothDisa uniflora, Rogan RothDisa cultivar, Rogan RothDisa cultivar, Rogan RothDisa uniflora, Betty's Bay, Ragnhild CrawfordDisa uniflora, Rod Saunders

Disa versicolor grows in grassland in tropical and southern Africa from the Eastern Cape to Angola and Zimbabwe. It grows to 70 cm. and has flowers crowded in a dense spike that are pink in bud, but soon turn brown. It flowers December to February. Photo #1 by Cameron McMaster taken on Mt. Thomas in the Eastern Cape in the Amatola Mountains, South Africa. The other photos were taken at Satansnek Pass January 2010 by Cameron McMaster and Mary Sue Ittner.

Disa versicolor, Mt. Thomas, Cameron McMasterDisa versicolor, Satansnek, Mary Sue IttnerDisa versicolor, Satansnek, Mary Sue IttnerDisa versicolor, Satansnek, Cameron McMasterDisa versicolor, Satansnek, Cameron McMaster

Photos were taken January 2010 by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner at Maclear.

Disa versicolor, Maclear, Bob RutemoellerDisa versicolor, Maclear,Bob RutemoellerDisa versicolor, Maclear, Mary Sue Ittner

Disa species A-Ce - Disa species Ch-D - Disa species E-N - Disa species O-R - Disa species S-Z - Disa index


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