Scientific nameA small erect red-flowered orchid of up to 30 cm. Like the rest of the Disa genus it has a single species of pollinator and commonly occurs in areas of mild disturbance.
However, the propagation by seeds is much more efficient. Seeds can be sown directly on peat or moss and need not be raised on agar in sterile flasks like most other orchids. Seedling trays are covered with foil to provide extra humidity. As soon as the seedlings are sufficiently vigorous, they can be transferred to a seedling mix and later to the ordinary substrate. Flowers can be expected after two to three years.
Multiplies vegetatively by stolons which produce new plants and the species can therefore be propagated by division, which must be done at the right time of year.
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Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
Disa bracteata is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos