Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Disa cornuta
Common name - Golden Orchid
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Habitat Widespread in grasslands and on mountains, and sandy flats
Flowering time September to February
Description Robust perennial up to 1m with overlapping, lance-shaped leaves up the stem. Inflorescence is cylindrical and dense. Flowers are somewhat downward-facing, the dorsal helmet-like sepal is purple and the 2 contrasting silvery-white lower lobes have a dark eye. The dorsal sepal has a spur 10-20mm long. It is one of the very few orchids that occurs in both winter- and summer-rainfall regions.
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