Disa graminifolia Ker Gawl. ex Spreng. 1826 SECTION Trichochila Photo by Marland Holderness and his Flickr Website

Another Flower Photo By Leon van Eck and his Orchid Blogspot.

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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; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; rchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 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

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