Disperis katangensis Summerh. 1931 Photo by Nick Wightman and Flora of Zambia Website

Full shade Cool Summer

Common Name The Katanga Disperis [An area of Zaire]

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Tanzania, Angola and Zambia in brachystegia woodlands, in loam in shade by lake edge or in pockets on quartzite ridges at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meter as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool growing terrestrial with a hairy,l ellipsoid tuber giving rise to 2 to 3, alternate or rarely the lowest pair subopposite, but with 1 to 2 leaves always distant, sessile, basally clasping, ovate to ovate-rounded, mostly purplish beneath, whitish venation, acuminate to shortly apiculate, cordate leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 2.2 to 5.6" [5.5 to 14 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence with leaf-like, elliptic, obtuse to acute floral bracts and carrying whitish, pinkish-mause to purplish flowers.

Synonyms Disperis katangensis var. minor Verdc. 1968

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Tropical East Africa Vol 1 Summerhayes 1968 drawing fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as D katangensis var minor;