Disperis cardiophora Harv. 1863

Flower Closeup

Photos by Cameron & Rhoda McMaster and their African Bulbs - South African Orchid Page

FragranceFull sun Cold LATESpringsummer

Common Name The Heart-Carrying Disperis [refers to the cordate leaves]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal in grasslands often in seepages or along stream banks in full sun at elevations of 400 to 2700 meters as a mini-minature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a solitary, radical, pellucid margined, orbicular to cordate leaf that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, terminal, to 12" [30 cm] long, laxly 3 to 15 flowered inflorescence and carrying spicy, chocolate scented flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 8 1981 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 #3 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos