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Disa ferruginea

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Orchidaceae > Genus: Disa

Disa ferruginea Disa ferruginea

Disa ferruginea flowering in late summer on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. [photos Colin Paterson-Jones ]

Disa ferruginea

Table Mountain Pride butterfly (Aeropetes tulbaghia) working Disa ferruginea flowers. Pollinia visible on its proboscis. This disa offers no nectar reward but mimics another flower, Tritoniopsis triticea, which has nectar. [photo Colin Paterson-Jones ]