Pride of Table Mountain, noun phrase

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See quotation 1888.
The rare and beautiful red disa Disa uniflora of the Orchidaceae; its carmine flowers; red disa, see disa sense b; also called disa (sense a).
1869 R. Noble Cape & its People 261Singly or in masses, the ‘Pride of Table Mountain’, fondly named so by Capeites, is a magnificent representative of Flora, and many are the pilgrimages made to her shrine on the top of the mountain during the flowering season.
1888 H. Bolus Orchids of Cape Peninsula (1918) 147The colour of the side sepals is a brilliant carmine, the remaining parts blush-coloured, with delicate carmine veins on the inside of the back sepal, and bright orange tints on the upper part of the petals...The name which has been given to it, the ‘Pride of Table Mountain,’ indicates the honour in which it is held. It is indeed the queen of terrestrial orchids in the Southern Hemisphere.
1925 F.C. Slater Shining River 233Disa, A genus of orchids widely spread in the more humid parts of South Africa. Disa uniflora is ‘the pride of Table Mountain’.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 378Pride-of-Table-Mountain, Disa uniflora (Cape)...Regarded as the finest flower on Table Mountain.
1970 Personality 24 Sept. 65There are 20 species of disa but the best known is the red disa or ‘The Pride of Table Mountain’...It is the rarest and richest of all.
1981 S. Afr. Panorama Aug. 49Of the 434 indigenous South African orchids, over 100 are Disa species. Disa uniflora, ‘The Pride of Table Mountain’, is the most beautiful of all.
1985 A. Tredgold Bay between Mountains 16The Pride of Table Mountain, the red disa, finds its home there too in the False Bay mountains in damp shady places.
The rare and beautiful red disa Disa uniflora of the Orchidaceae; its carmine flowers; red disa, see disab; also called disa (sense a).

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