Alfred County Orchid Society

We are based on the lower south coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa 

 

 

 

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                 var. longilabiatum      

Disa caffra

Also known as Disa compta or Disa perrieri is the emblem of our club. This beautiful little Disa is very rare and grows in swampy areas on the coast of Kwazulu-Natal and the former Transkei at elevations of 100 - 400m above sea level.  Here in our area it has not been seen for the last ten years and we suspect that it has been wiped out by urban development, although we are hopeful that one might show up unexpectedly somewhere . It is sad that this orchid has truly become endangered and we hope that the few that still remain elsewhere ( we know of a very small colony in a nature reserve at Mkambati that was seen a few years ago and there is no reason for them not to be there still), will receive the necessary protection it deserves.

Disa caffra has up to 18 flowers on an inflorescence and are normaly pink in colour, although reds and purples are found on the rare occasion, and the flower sepals are up to 12mm long. Flowering time is from September to early February.

Alfred County Orchid Society takes it's name from the magisterial district of Port Shepstone during the old colonial era, of the later part of the 19th century, that was known as Alfred County, and was situated between the Umtamvuna river in the south and the Umzumbe river in the north. To the north of us is the Umzinto magisterial district that was known as Alexandra county, with an even older history, and if our planing works out well, the  location of the new Alexandra County Orchid Society in the next year or so.

 Our monthly meetings will take place on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 14h00. Venues are published in the South Coast Herald the week before every meeting or in our Monthly News letter. Visitors are always welcome.