Notices for Users of the Albums

1. New Albums and some changes


The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Wiborgia, Ursinia and Romulea. This means that photos and stories of plants belonging to these genera already on the Site have been moved from the more general Albums called Shrubs, Herbs and Bulbs into their own new Albums under Genera. 


There is a genus Album in every case where enough material has been accumulated to warrant a stand-alone grouping of photos and stories. There are now more than 150 such Albums on genera of South African plants. The biggest ones (most photos) belong to the genera Crassula, Euphorbia, Pelargonium and Aloe. Keep watching, more will be added! If there is no genus Album yet on the plant you are looking for, check under Types or the Search Box.


In order to access all items on a plant of interest, the Search Box should be used, entering the botanical name of the plant. Most photos and stories on a particular plant are likely to be posted under Genera, (or if there are only few of them, in the conglomerate categories under Types). Habitat, Regions or Parks and Gardens may also contain some material on a species searched for, showing in the list generated when using the Search Box. The latest Parks and Gardens Album is the one on the Quiver Tree Forest.


2. How to use the Comments facility in the Albums


Any visitor to this Site can now register and log in as a registered user to comment on any Album item. The comment, question or suggestion regarding the selected item is submitted via email to the Editor.


New text or photo material on a South African plant can also be submitted for consideration by registered users. The final editing and posting of accepted material are done on this Site by the Editor only. The Site does not remunerate contributors for such input. Please ensure that the correct name of the photographer and/or author of text is furnished for inclusion with such a posting. All rights are reserved and the Editor’s decision is final.


Other enquiries or general communication regarding the Site can be submitted to the Webmaster.


A Selection of Album Categories

Disa graminiflora

Botanical name

Disa graminiflora

Other names

Blue disa, previously Herschelianthe graminiflora




A small perennial, reappearing annually after a dormant period from a tuberous rootstock

Description of stem


Description of leaves

Narrow leaves from the base, semi-erect

Description of flowers

Racemes of blue flowers appearing in summer; light blue sepals, the dorsal one darker blue towards the apex, pointed rather than hooded; the lip white at the centre, bright to dark blue at the edges, recurving, comparatively big; the pollinia in front of the dorsal sepal as two greenish yellow protuberances drooping sideways above the dark blue petals; the stigma white, central

Desciption of seed/fruit


Description of roots

Tuberoids, growing shoots that form new root tubers


Some flower colour variation

Propagation and cultivation

Can be grown from seed, germination slow; humidity and temperature controlled in greenhouse conditions; Disa Society at +27 (0)21 913 6902 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Can withstand summer heat, provided that the roots remain moist


A delightful sighting in nature; plants may not be removed; a rare garden subject, grown from seed in special, carefully controlled circumstances

Ecological rarity

Very small areas that provide the required conditions of the natural habitat

Pests and diseases



The Orchid Conservation Alliance creates orchid habitat reserves in the Equadorian Andes, See ; on over 6000 orchid species in 611 genera are listed; a natural hybrid occurs between D. graminiflora and D. ferruginea, called D. vogelpoelii; blue disas include D. hians, lonicornu and maculata; find blue disa photos on for blue disa pictures


Grows in cool, wet fynbos areas close to rivers, often in wet moss near waterfalls; may appear in endemic areas after veld fires

Distribution (SA provinces)

Western Cape


South Africa

Disa sp. : Photographed by Retha Wareham

Disa species: Photographed by Retha Wareham









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