Disperis pusilla Verdc. 1968 Drawing by Mary Grierson and JSTOR Plant Sciences Website

deep shade Cool Cold LATE Spring

Common Name The Small Flowered Disperis

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia in leaf litter in grasslands, bogs and woodland banks at elevations around 1650 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with round to ellipsoid tuber giving rise to a densely pubescent stem carrying 1 to 2 basal scales and a single, broadly ovate, shortly acuminate, cordate above the sheath, densely pappilate oabove and on the margins, sessile and basally clasping leaf that blooms in the late spring on a single flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide;Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; The Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide;