Disperis breviloba Verdc. 1977 Drawing by J A Langhorn

Part shade Cool Cold LATE Spring Summer

Common Name The Short Lobed Disperis

Flower Size

Found in Malawi and Zambia at elevations of 1200 to 2350 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with the entire plant basaically purple red to pink, sometimes greenish with an ellipsoid tuber giving rise to an erect, purple brown apcially purple red below, glabrous to slighyl papillate, leafless stem other than 2 to 3 sheath-like basal cataphyls that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, 3.2 to 6.4 [8 to 16 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence carrying flwoers with pinkish tepals, with the sepals red on the inside and the spur is green-brown towards the apex and lilac at the base.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide