Threatened Plant Species – Disa scullyi

ORCHIDACEAE Disa scullyi [Endangered]

Slender plant about 500 mm tall. It is found in swampy areas, in the midlands and in Mphendle and Estcourt. Leaves are 2-4, upright and usually folded together lengthwise. Petals upright, twisted to face forward, closing the spur entrance. Flowers spreading, facing down, pink or white with green lip and scentless. It flowers from December to February. Threats are habitat loss, disturbance of forestry plantations, competition from Alien invasive plants and development.

Disa scullyi-Isabel Johnson (2)

Disa scullyi-Isabel Johnson

If you have seen this plant, please contact Suvarna Parbhoo, CREW programme: KZN Node Manager

Reference: LINDER H.P & KURZWEIL H. 1999. Orchids of Southern Africa: 218. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Disa scullyi-Isabel Johnson (1)

Disa scullyi-Isabel Johnson

To view other Threatened plants in this series, go to the Midlands Conservancies Forum website:

2 thoughts on “Threatened Plant Species – Disa scullyi

  1. Meriel mitchell

    So wonderful to see this flower up close… What intricate layering, tapering and overlapping! Inspiration for Merano glassblowers!? And fabric designers?!



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