Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Disa atricapilla
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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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