Disperis dicerochila Summerh. 1935

Plant in situ Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part Shade Cool ColdLATE Spring LATE Winter

Common Name The Twice Horned Lip Disperis

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopoa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in leaf litter, on mossy branches and rocks in rainforests and plantations at elevations of 1600 to 2830 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial, epiphyte or lithophyte with 2, distinctly alternate but close together on stem, ovate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late fall or late spring on an erect, brown, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with leaf-like, lanceolate bracts.

Synonyms Disperis allisonii Rolfe 1913; Disperis buchananii Rolfe 1913; Disperis ermelensis Rolfe 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo/drawing fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006 ; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide

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