Disa forficaria Bolus 1896 SECTION TrichochilaCollection by Neville Pillans Drawing by Mary Page and The Cape Orchids Website

Part Sun Cold EARLY Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Small Shears Disa

Flower Size

Found in southwestern Cape Province in fynbos as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a slender, reeedlike stem carrying radical, linear, erect and cauline, lax narrowly ovate leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, to 4" [10 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

This orchid is exceeding rare and has only been seen 8 times in the last 180 years.

Synonyms Forficaria graminifolia Lindl. 1838; Herschelia forficaria (Bolus) H.P.Linder 1981; Herschelianthe forficaria (Bolus) N.C.Anthony 1985

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000 Herschelianthe forficaria; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photo/drawing fide;

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