Disperis anthoceros Rchb.f. 1881

Flower Closeup

Plant in situ Zimbabwe

Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part Shade Warm Cold Summer

Common Name The Horn-Like Flower Disperis

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganada, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Natal and Transvaal South Africa and Madagascar in shady evergreen forests, Bamboo forests and in ravines at elevations of 850 to 3000 meters as a glabrous, slender, miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing semi-terrestrial with 2 small, oblong to rounded tubers giving rise to a stem sheathed by several brownish sheaths and carrying 2, cauline, opposite, sessile, widely ovate, acute, very rounded basally, veined leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence with leaf-like bracts.

Synonyms Disperis anthoceros var. grandiflora Verdc. 1968; Disperis anthoceros var. humbertii (H.Perrier) la Croix 2002; Disperis hamadryas Schltr. 1924; Disperis humbertii H.Perrier 1939

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as D humbertii; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Orchidaceae Summerhayes 1968 drawing ok; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 OrchidaceaePart 1 Pope 1995 drawing ok; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide