Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Disa atricapilla


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 Disa atricapilla   Disa atricapilla
 Disa atricapilla   Disa atricapilla
 Disa atricapilla   Disa atricapilla
 Disa atricapilla   Disa atricapilla

Habitat

Seepage areas and damp localities, often flowering after these seepages have dried out.

Altitude

Sea level to 2000m

Flowering time

Most commonly after fire in November and December

Description

A perennial up to 30cm with narrow cauline leaves(arising from the stem). The unusual coloured inflorescence is corymbose (flat-topped) with up to 20 flowers, the large wing-like side sepals are red and white with black tips, the petals and lip maroon and speckled. The form and colour pattern imitates that of a female sphecid wasp, which deceives the male wasps into visitng the flower and thus effecting pollination. Disa most likely derived from Disa, a legendary Swedish queen

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This website was last updated on
2017 / 3 / 29