Disa uniflora

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Disa uniflora
Disa uniflora single.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diseae
Subtribe: Disinae
Genus: Disa
Species: D. uniflora
Binomial name
Disa uniflora
P.J.Bergius
Synonyms
  • Disa grandiflora L.f.
  • Satyrium grandiflorum Thunb.

Disa uniflora is a species of orchid from the Orchidoideae subfamily. It is the type species of the genus Disa, and one of the best-known species of this genus. It is native to South Africa, Cape Province. The Orchid grows near waterfalls, streamlets - Actually around moist places. It blooms during the summer months and grows from tubers. The blooms are showy, usually red colored but sometimes they may be pink, yellow or rarely white. The insect which pollinates the flower is the mountain Pride Butterfly - Aeropetes tulbaghia.

The Mountain Club of South Africa has used the image of this species on its badge and logo since it founding in 1891 and the flowers was depicted on the obverse side of the Pro Merito Medal (1975).

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