Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Disa obtusa subsp. hottentotica
Scientific name - Disa obtusa subsp. hottentotica
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Habitat Deep, peaty soils
Altitude 200 to 1500m
Flowering time October to December only after fires
Description Erect plants up to 400mm tall, usually slender. Leaves cauline (arising from the stem), linear, imbricate and grading into the floral bracts. Inflorescence slender, dense and with numerous flowers, bracts usually overtopping the flowers. Flowers facing down, white to brown to purple and often spotted. Spur with deep dosal groove. Dorsal sepal 5-8mm long, longer than other sub-species.
Three subspecies are curently recognized.
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