Disperis renibractea Schltr. 1924

Inflorescence Photos by Lourens Grobler

Plant in situ South Africa Photo by Cameron McMaster

FragrancePart Sun ColdLATESpringSummer

Common Name The Kidney-Shaped Bract Disperis

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cape Province, Natal, and Transvaal South Africa in moist montane grasslands at elevations of 1300 to 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a single, basal, ovate leaf that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, erect, secund, 4 to 13 flowered inflorescence with rotund, pellucid margined bracts and carrying sharp, acrid, soapy scented flwoers.


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; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 3 1993 photo not!?; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 photo fdie; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos