Disperis kilimanjarica Rendle 1895 Photo by Bob Campbell and the Orchids of Kenya ,

Deep Shade Cool ColdSpring Fall

Common Name The Kilamanjaro Disperis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in dense shade of lower montane evergreen forests mostly on low, heavily mossy branches low to ground at elevations of 2100 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with underground tubers giving rise to 2, alternate, codate, basally sheathed leaves that blooms on a short, erect, single flowered inflorescence arising from a leaf-like bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Summerhayes 1968 drawing ok; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing hmm; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing ok; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide