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Disa bracteata Sw.
South African Orchid

Kongl.Vetensk.Acad.Nya Handl. 21:211 (1800)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Tuberous, perennial, herb, 0.2-0.4 m high. Fl. green & brown, Oct to Nov. White, grey or black sand, sandy clay, granite.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 20 April 1994


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Dandaragan Plateau, Fitzgerald, Katanning, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren, Western Mallee.
IMCRA Regions
WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Armadale, Augusta Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Broomehill-Tambellup, Busselton, Capel, Chittering, Cockburn, Collie, Cranbrook, Dardanup, Denmark, Donnybrook-Balingup, Esperance, Gingin, Gnowangerup, Gosnells, Harvey, Jerramungup, Kalamunda, Kent, Kojonup, Manjimup, Mundaring, Murray, Narrogin, Nedlands, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe, Swan, Toodyay, Wagin, Wanneroo, Waroona, West Arthur, York.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

Alternative Names. Renamed Disa bracteata.

General Biology. Growth form. Geophyte. Life form. Perennial tuber. Reproduction. Primarily seed.. Dispersal. Wind. Seedbank persistence. 6+ years.

Additional information. Origin. South Africa. History of use/introduction. Garden escape.

Suggested method of management and control. Spot spray glyphosate 1% + Pulse®. Just on flowering. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.


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