Disperis lindleyana Rchb.f. 1865 SUBGENUS Disperis Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence in situ Zimbabwe Photo by B Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

scent Full Shade Cold LATE Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name Lindley's Disperis [English Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Zimbabwe, Cape, Nataland Transvaal South Africa as well as Swaziland in shady evergreen forests at elevations of 1650 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a slender stem carrying half way up a solitary shiny, broadly cordate, basally broad lobed leaf. The plants are deciduous, dying back after flowering which occurs in the late spring and early summer on an erect, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence carrying soapy smelling flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 8 1981 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide