African Plant Database

Disperis virginalis Schltr.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 24: 431 (1898)
Information on the genus : Disperis
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Disperis nelsonii Rolfe (1913)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 8-25 cm tall; leaves 2, cauline, opposite, unequal, ovate-acute, 3,5-7,5x2,5-4,5 mm, purple beneath; inflorescence 1-3-flowered; flowers pale mauve, streaked with maroon, lip appendage yellow; bracts leafy, as long as ovary (12-20 mm, twisted); dorsal sepal linear, concave, 10-13 mm long, joined to petals to form an open hood; lateral sepals fused at base, oblanceolate, 8-10x4-8 mm, each with a sac 1,5-2,5 mm long, directed toward sepal apex; petals falcate, oblong, 5-6-14x3-4 mm, projecting beyond dorsal sepal, with a rounded lobe in lower half of free margin; lip erect, with claw 6-8 mm long, ending in a minute reflexed limb; appendage recurved, hanging over the limb and dilated into 4 spreading lobes, or 2-lobed at apex and lobes then shortly 2-lobed; limb and appendage densely papillose-hairy.
Ecology : Evergreen forest or gallery forest on floor in leaf mould; on mossy rocks under Podocarpus; old pine (and wattle) plantations; in windbreaks round orchards; 1500-1950 m alt.
  Resembling D. dicerochila.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.13 - 0.21 m. Alt: ? - 2040 m. Distribution: LP

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 302-303 (1999).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 46497
Record n°46497
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