!Disperis circumflexa (L.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894 SUBGENUS Disperis

Flower Closeup

Inflorescence in situ Photos by Cameron McMaster

Full SunCool LATESpring EARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Fully Embracing Disperis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Cape Provine South Africa in sandy or clayey areas at elevations of sea level to 800 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with 2 erect, linear leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, lax to fairly dense, 2 to 8 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Arethusa secunda Thunb. 1794; Dipera secunda (Thunb.) Spreng. 1826; Disperis circumflexa subsp. aemula (Schltr.) J.C.Manning 1990; Disperis circumflexa var. aemula Schltr. 1898; Disperis secunda (Thunb.) Sw. 1800; *Ophrys circumflexa L 1760; Orchis circumflexa (L.) Bolus 1882

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D secunda; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo;