Disperis oxyglossa Bolus 1885 Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant in situ South Africa Photo by Cameron McMaster

Part Sun Cold Summer

Common Name The Pointed Tongue Disperis

Flower Size .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm]

Found in Cape Province and Natal South Africa in tall grasslands in seepage areas at elevations of 1400 to 2500 meters as a robust, small sized, cold growing terrestrial with cauline, alternate, sessile, elliptic to oblong-lanceoalte, acute to obtuse leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 8 1981 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 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 photos