Disperis tysonii Bolus 1885

Variety alba Photos by Lourens Grobler

Pink variety

Flower Closeup Photos by Cameron McMaster

Fragrance Part sun Cold Summer

Common Name Tyson's Disperis [School teacher and amatuer Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size .3 to .6" [.8 to 1.5 cm]

Found in Lesotho, Swaziland, Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal South Africa in grassland seepage areas at elevations of 1500 to 3100 meters often on edges of footpaths and roadsides in disturbed soils as a colony growing, compact, robust, small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 4 to 5, cauline, alternate leaves that blooms in summer the with an erect, 8" [20 cm] long, 5 to 20 flowered inflorescence carrying sweetly scented flowers

Synonyms Disperis bicolor Rolfe 1913; Disperis kermesina Rolfe 1913

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; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 as D villosa not photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos