Disperis discifera H. Perrier 1936

Photos by Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Flower in Reunion var borbonica

Plant in situ Reunion Photo by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website


Common Name The Disc-Carrying Disperis

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in the dense, mossy forests of Madagascar and in Reunion at elevations of 800 to 2250 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an elongate stem carrying 3 to 4, very distant, alternate, oval-lanceolate, subacuteapically, rounded basally leaves that blooms in the late summer and winter on an erect, 4 to 12 flowered inflorescence carrying large purple flowers.

The variety D discifera var borbonica from Reunion was first described [but not recognized officially until 2002] in 1880 by Perrier and was not seen again until its rediscovery by Jacques Dielin in 2011. This floral variety is above as the photos by François Vandeschricke.

Synonyms Disperis borbonica H.Perrier 1936; Disperis discifera var. borbonica (H.Perrier) Bosser 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing hmm; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide