Disperis thorncroftii Schltr. 1895 SUBGENUS Disperis Photos by Lourens Grobler

Deep Shade Warm Cool LATEspring EARLYSummer

Common Name Thorncroft's Disperis

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Zimbabwe, Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in evergreen forests at elevations of 1700 to 2000 meters as a minature to small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with obovoid, woolly tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 2, alternate, lower larger, upper smaller, ovate, cordate basally, often marbled with white on top and dark purple beneath leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 8 1981 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide