Disperis oppositifolia Sm. 1808 Photo by © Olaf Pronk and courtesy of Terrestrial Orchid Gallery

Another Flower color

Another Flower color with plant Photo by © Labat and Mobot Madagascar Photo List

Disperis oppositifolia var. mascarenensis Bosser 2002

Plant and Flower in situ Reunion Photos by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website

Full Shade ColdSpring

Common Name The Opposite Leafed Disperis

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in the Comoros, Mauritius, Reunion and Madagascar in humid forests on rocks by streams, at base of trees in moss and in riparian forests at elevations of sealevel to 1500 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm growing terrestrial with an elongate tuber giving rise to a stem carrying 2, opposite, lanceolate to oval-lanceolate, subcordate leaves held above the center that blooms in the spring on an erect, 4 to 10" [10 to 25 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence,

Synonyms Disperis oppositifolia var. mascarenensis Bosser 2002; Dryopeia oppositifolia (Sm.) Thouars 1822; Dryorkis antidris Thouars 1822

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Dryopeia oppositifolia drawing fide; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Philipp Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo ?