The Maclear district is a spectacular valley, the Mooi River valley, in the foothills of the Drakensberg, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The valley has magnificent views of mountainsides, rushing streams and waterfalls. Many orchid species are found growing in the grassland of this district, but there are also other geophytic species found there as well. Photos on these wiki pages were taken in this district on a number of botanizing trips. Pictured on this page are plants from A to D. More information about each species can be found on the appropriate genus page.
Albuca bracteata, syn. Ornithogalum caudatum, Ornithogalum longibracteatum, is found on shaded slopes and forest margins from the southeastern Cape of South Africa to tropical East Africa. Photos taken January 2010 by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner.
Albuca sp. photographed January 2010 by Bob Rutemoeller
Brownleea recurvata is found in stony grassland in the Southern and Eastern Cape. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster near Aurora Peak.
Brunsvigia grandiflora is found scattered in grassland, at 1200-3200 meters in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Free State. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster, Bob Rutemoeller, and Mary Sue Ittner.
Corycium dracomontanum is found in grassland in the Eastern Cape. Photo by Cameron McMaster.
Cyrtanthus epiphyticus is an epiphytic species from the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal found on trees, boulders and in rock crevices in moist conditions. Photos by Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller taken January 2010.
Disa cooperi is found on stony mountain grassland from 1500 to 2200 meters in the Drakensberg Mountains. Photos 1-3 taken by Mary Sue Ittner January 2010. Photos 3-6 taken by Cameron McMaster, Aurora Peak, Maclear, February 2008.
Disa crassicornis is found in damp grassland, or forest margins and rock ledges in the Eastern Cape, Transkei, Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal. Photos were taken at Aurora Peak by Cameron McMaster February 2008.
Disa nivea is found on moist grassy slopes and rock ledges in the Drakensberg at 2250-2500 m. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster at Aurora Peak, February 2008.
Disa oreophila is found in the Drakensberg Mountains and grows from 10 to 35 cm. Subspecies oreophila hangs or curves out from damp crevices and grassy slopes and has much smaller flowers. Photos of this subspecies taken by Cameron McMaster and Bob Rutemoeller January 2010.
Disa patula is found on montane grassland from the Eastern Cape to Zimbabwe. Photos were taken February 2008 by Cameron McMaster.
Disa stachyoides is a very common summer rainfall species found in grassland up to 2800 meters from the Eastern Cape to Limpopo province. Photos taken January 2010 by Cameron McMaster, Bob Rutemoeller, and Mary Sue Ittner.
Disperis tysonii Bolus grows on mountain grassland from the Eastern Cape of South Africa to Mpumalanga. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster at Aurora Peak.