Botanical name

Disa ophrydea

Family

Orchidaceae
Disa ophrydea
Disa ophrydea
Disa ophrydea
Disa ophrydea

Description

Plants slender up to 40cm tall, suffused with beetroot-red. Leaves green and narrowly-lanceolate. Inflorescence lax, up to 30cm long, flowers beetroot-red. Lateral sepals spreading paler in colour, often yellow or white. Spur slender and acute, 20-24mm long. Lip narrow, fleshy 8-10mm long. Species most likely pollinated by settling moths which are presumably attracted by the rich cinnamon scent emitted in the evening.

Habitat

Dry to moist sandy to gravelly south-facing mountain slopes .

Flower Date

September to November, mostly after fire