Disa forficaria Bolus 1896 SECTION TrichochilaPhoto by E A Schelpe

DrawingCollection 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 Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982 as Herschelia forciferaphoto fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 Herschelianthe forficaria; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photo/drawing fide;