Disperis macowanii Bolus 1885 SUBGENUS Disperis

Plant and Flowers in situ South Africa

Photos by Cameron & Rhoda McMaster and their The African Bulbs Website


Common Name MacOwan's Disperis [English Chemist and Botanist late 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm]

Found in Tanzania, Malawi, Transvaal, Natal and Cape Province South Africa on rocky slopes and cliffs in mosses and lichens at elevations of sea level to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a slender, erect, pubescent stem carrying 2, cauline, alternate, ovate, pubescent, dark green above, purple beneath leaves that blooms in the later fall and winter on an erect, pubescent, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with ovate, pubescent, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982 photo hmm; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Poep 1995; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photo fide;