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Orchids

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Disa forficaria, not seen for 50 years, and rediscovered in Fernkloof Nature Reserve in 2016.

Orchidaceae
Orchids, numbering about 26 000 species, comprise the largest family of flowering plants worldwide. South Africa has close to 500 species, about 90% of which are terrestrial (growing on the ground) others are epiphytic (growing on trees or shrubs). There are 241 species in the Cape Floral Region, an unusually high number for a temperate region. Fernkloof Nature Reserve has recorded 81 species.

Response to fire
Many terrestrial orchids in the fynbos biome have adapted to fire by flowering only in the first year after fire. By so doing these orchids gain the advantage of seeding into an environment that is relatively free from competition by other plants. A few species, such as Disa ferruginea and Disa graminifolia, are not fire dependent and will flower in mature fynbos vegetation.  MORE…

Acrolophia bolusii

Acrolophia bolusii

Orchidaceae

Vulnerable

Acrolophia lamellata

Acrolophia lamellata

Brown Orchid
Orchidaceae
Acrolophia micrantha

Acrolophia micrantha

Orchidaceae
Acrolophia ustulata

Acrolophia ustulata

Black Orchid, Golden Orchid
Orchidaceae

Vulnerable

Bartholina burmanniana

Bartholina burmanniana

Spider Orchid, Spinnekopblom
Orchidaceae
Bartholina etheliae

Bartholina etheliae

Orchidaceae
Bonatea speciosa

Bonatea speciosa

Green Wood Orchid - Oktoberlelie
Orchidaceae

 

 

Ceratandra atrata

Ceratandra atrata

Shield Orchid
Orchidaceae
Ceratandra harveyana

Ceratandra harveyana

Orchidaceae
Disa atricapilla

Disa atricapilla

Orchidaceae
Disa bivalvata

Disa bivalvata

Orchidaceae
Disa bodkinii

Disa bodkinii

Orchidaceae

Rare

Disa bolusiana

Disa bolusiana

Orchidaceae
Disa bracteata

Disa bracteata

Orchidaceae
Disa conferta

Disa conferta

Orchidaceae
Disa cornuta

Disa cornuta

Golden Orchid
Orchidaceae
Disa cylindrica

Disa cylindrica

Orchidaceae
Disa densiflora

Disa densiflora

Orchidaceae
Disa fasciata

Disa fasciata

Orchidaceae
Disa ferruginea

Disa ferruginea

Cluster Disa
Orchidaceae
Disa filicornis

Disa filicornis

Orchidaceae
Disa forficaria

Disa forficaria

Orchidaceae
Disa glandulosa

Disa glandulosa

Orchidaceae
Disa graminifolia

Disa graminifolia

Blue Disa, Bloumoederkappie
Orchidaceae
Disa hallackii

Disa hallackii

Orchidaceae

Endangered

Disa inflexa

Disa inflexa

Orchidaceae
Disa ophrydea

Disa ophrydea

Orchidaceae
Disa pillansii

Disa pillansii

Orchidaceae
Disa purpurascens

Disa purpurascens

Early Blue Disa, Bloumoederkappie
Orchidaceae

Near Threatened

Disa pygmaea

Disa pygmaea

Orchidaceae

Rare

Disa racemosa

Disa racemosa

Vlei Disa, Rose Disa
Orchidaceae
Disa reticulata

Disa reticulata

Orchidaceae
Disa rufescens

Disa rufescens

Orchidaceae
Disa tenuifolia

Disa tenuifolia

Yellow Disa
Orchidaceae
Disa tripetaloides

Disa tripetaloides

Orchidaceae
Disa uncinata

Disa uncinata

Orchidaceae
Disa uniflora

Disa uniflora

Red Disa, Rooi Disa, Pride of Table Mountain, Watervalblom
Orchidaceae
Disa vaginata

Disa vaginata

Orchidaceae
Disa venusta

Disa venusta

Bloumoederkappie
Orchidaceae

Vulnerable

Disperis capensis

Disperis capensis

Moederkappie, Granny's Bonnet
Orchidaceae
Disperis cucullata

Disperis cucullata

Witch Orchid, Oumakappie
Orchidaceae

Near Threatened

Disperis paludosa

Disperis paludosa

Orchidaceae
Disperis villosa

Disperis villosa

Orchidaceae
Evotella carnosa

Evotella carnosa

Kapotjie
Orchidaceae
Evotella rubiginosa

Evotella rubiginosa

Orchidaceae

Rare

Holothrix brevipetala

Holothrix brevipetala

Orchidaceae
Holothrix cernua

Holothrix cernua

Thread Orchid
Orchidaceae
Holothrix mundii

Holothrix mundii

Orchidaceae
Orthochilus aculeatus subsp. aculeatus

Orthochilus aculeatus subsp. aculeatus

Aandblommetjie
Orchidaceae
Orthochilus litoralis

Orthochilus litoralis

Orchidaceae

Endangered

Orthochilus tabularis

Orthochilus tabularis

Orchidaceae
Pachites bodkinii

Pachites bodkinii

Orchidaceae

Rare

Pterygodium alatum

Pterygodium alatum

Vlerkies
Orchidaceae
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