Disperis disiformis Schltr. 1893 SUBGENUS Disperis

Photo by H Kurzweil

Side View of flower

Photo by P J Ashton

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Harry Bolus and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Similar to Disa Disperis

Flower Size

Found in Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in shady locations of relatively dry open woodlands at elevations of near sea level to 1770 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with a slender, erect stem carrying 2, cauline, alternate, ovate to broadly ovate, dark green above, purple beneath, acute leves that blooms in the late fall and winter on an erect, terminal, 1 to 7 flowered inflorescence.

The flowers of this species have a pronounced spur on the dorsal sepal similar to the genus Disa ergo the scientific name.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982 photo fide; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photo fide;