Disperis stenoplectron Rchb.f. 1881

Color Variety

Another Color Variety Photos by Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence Photo by Cameron McMasters

Fragrance Part sun Cold Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Slim Spurred Disperis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Lesotho, Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal South Africa among grasses in seepage areas on slopes at elevations of 1200 to 2200 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 3, cauline, alternate, sessile, suberect, pubescent ovate to ovate-lanceolate, aute to acuminate leaves that blooms in the summer and early fall on an erect, terminal, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long, 3 to 10 flowered inflorescence with prominent green floral bractsthat are longer than the ovary and carrying color variable, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Disperis anomala Schltr.1899; Disperis natalensis Rolfe 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881; 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 & Kurzwell 1999 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006; Orchid Digest Vol 71 #3 2007 photofide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide