African Plant Database

Disperis micrantha Lindl.
Protologue : Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 370 (1839)
Information on the genus : Disperis
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial, rarely epiphytic herb 6-18-21 cm tall; leaves 2-3, alternate, cauline, broadly ovate, 2-5x1,5-3,5 cm; inflorescence 3-6(-7)-flowered, usually 2-flowered; flowers (greenish) white with traces of pink veining; bracts ovate-acute, leafy, 13-15x5-7 mm; ovary twisted, 8-10 mm long; dorsal sepal falcate-obovate, 3-6x3 mm, joined to petals to form a saccate hood; lateral sepals ovate-acuminate, 3-4x2 mm, each with a sac 0,5 mm long; petals falcate, 3-6 mm long, clawed, with a small basal auricle; lip with recurved claw 2 mm long, limb broadly triangular-acute, 1 mm long; appendage ascending, incurved, with long-papillose apex, longer than limb.
Ecology : Dense riverine forest; in leaf mould in moist shaded places beneath trees, often amongst rocks; sometimes in humus on rocks or tree trunks; 550-1350 m alt.
  Closely related to D. disiformis Schltr. (SE S. Africa).
  S. Africa, Swaziland.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.06 - 0.18 m. Alt: 550 - 1200 m. Distribution: EC, GA, KN, LP, MP, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. South Africa 9: t.330 (1929).
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 304 (1999).
  • Adansonia, sér. 3 27[2]: 190 (2005). 
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see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
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