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Disa from Venngarn and Cape

Disa spathulata

Disa spathulata

Neither by foot, by horse, in a wagon, or a boat; neither dressed nor undressed; neither within a year nor within a month; neither daytime nor nighttime, should Disa, daughter of Sigsten of Venngarn, visit king Freyr of Sweden. And so did Disa do, and thus saving all the elderly, sick and handicapped in the kingdom! She is commemorated by P.J. Bergius (1730-1790) in this specious African orchid genus, Disa. There are more than 160 species of Disa, most of them in the Cape of South Africa, and some are ornamentals (including some hybrids).

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