Disperis thomensis Summerh. 1937

Plant and Flower in situ Zimbabwe

Photos by Petra Ballings and The Vumba Nature Website

Full Shade Cool Summer

Common Name The Sao Tome' Disperis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Cameroon, Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Angola in very wet relict gallery rainforests in leaf litter at elevations around 1200 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing terrestrial with 2 oppostie, corrugated margins, deep green above and purple beneath leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence carrying white and green flowers

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution. The photo was taken in Zimbabwe and this species is not listed as coming from there.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995