A medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a corymbose flower arrangement from South Africa in montane seepage ares an damp localities at elevations of sea level to 2000 meters with cauline, linear-lanceolate, basally concentrated leaves where it blooms in the summer. This plant needs a dry period through the late spring and summer to keep the plant healthy.
Disa atricapilla is a winter rainfall species from 5-30 cm that grows in marshy places on flats and slopes from the Western Cape to the Karoo Mountain area (Cederberg Mountains to the Cape Peninsula to the Swartberg Mountains). Flowers are multicolored: white, red and black. This species blooms late spring to summer.