Disperis cooperi Harv. 1863

Plant in situ Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Sun Cold LATER Summer

Common Name Cooper's Disperis [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Zimbabwe and Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal Provines of South Africa in open grasslands at elevations of 1500 to 2250 meters as a rather stout, small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 2 to 4, alternate along the stem, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, sessile, acute, glabrous leaves and blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, to 16" [40 cm] long, to 30 flowered inflorescence and carrying color variable flowers

Synonyms Disperis allisonii Rolfe 1913; Disperis buchananii Rolfe 1913; Disperis ermelensis Rolfe 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 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