Disperis crassicaulis Rchb.f. 1850

Photo by and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Thick Stem Disperis

Flower Size

Found in Ethiopia in montane grasslands and Podocarpus forests at elevations of 2000 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with a single, prostrate, slightly cordate basally leaf that blooms in the later spring and summer on an erect, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence.

The only Ethiopian species with a single prostrate leaf, all others have 2 or more bourne along the stem.

Synonyms Pterygodium biflorum Hochst. ex A.Rich. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Dimissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo fide;