Disperis capensis (L.) Sw.1800 SUBGENUS Disperis

Plant in situ South Africa

Photos by Tyrone Genade

Full SunCold Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Cape Province Disperis - The Granny Bonnet Orchid - Hottentot's Bonnet - Oumamakappie - Mamakappie

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Southern Cape Province South Africa on damp sandstone in seepage areas at elevations of 10 to 1100 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestro-lithophyte with 2, cauline, alternate, lanceolate, glabrous to sparsely hirsute leaves that blooms in the winter to early spring on a terminal, erect, 1 to occasionally 2 flowered inflorescence with ovate to lanceolate bracts

Synonyms *Arethusa capensis L.1760; Dipera capensis (L.) Spreng. 1826; Dipera tenera Spreng. 1826; Disperis capensis var. brevicaudata Rolfe 1913; Disperis capensis var. tenera (Spreng.) Sond. 1846; Disperis graminifolia Banks ex Steud. 1840; Disperis tenera (Spreng.) Bolus 1882

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; photo fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 #2 1979 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 8 1981 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982 as D capemnsis var brevicaudata; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 as D capensis var brevicaudata; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #3 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 drawing fide;