Disperis johnstonii Rchb.f. ex Rolfe 1898 Photo by Bart Wursten and his Mozambique Flora Website

Part Shade Warm Cool LATERSummer

Common Name Johnston's Disperis

Flower Size .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Togo, Cameroon, Congo, Zaire, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Natal South Africa on steep slopes under trees with deep humus as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with 2 to 3, cauline, ovate, dark purplish-green, silvery venation, purple beneath leaves that blooms in the later summer on an erect, terminal, 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Disperis stolzii Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Tropical East Africa Vol 1 Summerhayes 1968 drawing fide; AOS Bulltein Vol 39 No 10 1970; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 8 1981 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide