Disa graminifolia Ker Gawl. ex Spreng. 1826 SECTION Trichochila

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Common Name The Grass-Like Leafed Disa - The Blue Disa - Bloumoederkappie

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8 cm]

Found in Cape Province South Africa on dry mountain slopes, usually on rocky soils often in dense vegetation in full sun at elevations of 300 to 1000 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with radical, usually 5, semi-erect, frequently rolled leaves and 6 to 9, lax, cauline leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, lax, 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence carrying non-resupinate, very fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Herschelia coelestis Lindl. 1838; Herschelia graminifolia (Ker Gawl. ex Spreng.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Herschelianthe graminifolia (Ker Gawl. ex Spreng.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Herschelia graminifolia drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Herschelia graminifolia drawing good; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 as Herschelia graminifolia; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Herschelia graminifolia photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 as Herschelianthe graminifolia; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 as Herschelianthe graminifolia; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 #7 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #3 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #5 2015 drawing fide;