Disperis purpurata Rchb.f. 1876 SUBGENUS Disperis Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part sun Cold LATEWinter EARLY spring

Common Name The Purple Disperis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Cape Province, South Africa in dry fynbos at elevations of 900 to 1900 meters as a slender, miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with a minutely and thinly hairy stem carrying 2, well spaced, broadly ovate leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, to 5" [12.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Disperis namaquensis Bolus 1884; Disperis purpurata subsp. pallescens Bruyns 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo;