Rare orchids found in South Africa

Disa cardinalis

From The Independent in South Africa:

Second rare orchid found in the WCape

The discovery of a second rare and endangered orchid in the Western Cape in the space of a week is proof that the Cape’s floral kingdom is “beginning to claw back from immense environmental pressures”, says MEC for Environment, Planning and Economic Development Tasneem Essop.

An endangered Disa hallackii, which was last seen growing in the Robberg Nature Reserve near Plettenberg Bay, was spotted growing in a previously burnt-out area by a CapeNature ranger, Essop said in a statement on Wednesday.

In the statement, Essop said Eben Louwrens, a ranger on the Robberg and Keurbooms River nature reserves, had discovered the flower while doing regular maintenance work.

Louwrens’s discovery follows the finding of another rare orchid, Acrolophia barbat [sic; should be Acrolophia barbata], last week by members of the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers group.

The Acrolophia barbat was found near Nature’s Valley on the Garden Route.

Annelise Vlok, regional ecologist in the Gouritz area, said the Disa hallackii was considered “one of the most threatened orchid species in South Africa”.

Orchids of Borneo: here.

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