Disperis cucullata Sw.1800 SUBGENUS Disperis Photo by The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Dr Schelpe

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Cowl Carrying Disperis

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in South Africa in fynbos at elevationsof sea-level to 400 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with sparsly leafed, minutely and thinly hairy stems arising from small tubers and carrying 2, narrowly to broadly elliptic, minutely hairy on the margins and undersurface leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, terminal, to 6" [15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Arethusa cucullata (Sw.) Poir. 1811; Dipera cucullata Spreng. 1826;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 7 1958 drawing; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006

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