Disa purpurascens Bolus 1884 SECTION Trichochila Photos by Marland Holderness and his Flickr Website

SIde View of Flower

Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Plant and Flowers in situ Photo by Cameron McMaster

Another In Situ Plant Photo by Luc Pegram

Full sun Cool Spring

Common Name The Very Purple Disa

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in southwestern Cape Province South Africa, in dry rocky or stony areas in full sun at elevations of sea-level to 300 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terresrial blooming in the spring on an erect, terminal, to 20" [50 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence carrying very fragrant flowers

Synonyms Herschelia purpurascens (Bolus) Kraenzl. 1900; Herschelianthe purpurascens (Bolus) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Herschelia purpurescens; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Herschelia purpurascens photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 as Herschelianthe purpurescens; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006