The Weed Orchid from South Africa, Disa bracteata, was recently spotted in Spring Valley Road, Flowerdale. Only one individual plant was found and has since been destroyed. This species has great survival skills and can soon colonise an area. It doesn’t rely on specific pollinators or soil fungi as many of our indigenous orchids do, to set seed and germinate.
The seed from which this individual originated may have been brought into our area with machinery that has been slashing the roadsides over the last couple of years.Report any sightings of the South African Weed Orchid to your local NRM organisation or Landcare Group.