Disperis fanniniae Harv. 1863

White Flower Photos by Lourens Grobler

Side View of Flower Photo by D McMurty

Full shadeWarm Summer

Common Name Mrs. Fannin's Disperis [English Farmer in Natal 1800's] - Granny's Bonnet

Flower Size to 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in all of South Africa in deep shade in leaf litter on forest floors at elevations of 1000 to 2100 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing terrestrial with 3, alternate, lanceolate to ovate, dark, glossy green above, dark purple below, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, 6 to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, 1 to 8 flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 8 1981 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 # 9 1982 postage stamp fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo good; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 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;