Disperis virginalis Schltr. 1897 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

FAINTFragrance Part sun Cold Summer

Common Name The Virginal Disperis

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Zimbabwe and Transvaal South Africa at elevations around 1500 to 1900 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying 2, cauline, subopposite, ovate, glabrous, sessile to almost petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence carrying faintly sweet scented flowers.

Synonyms Disperis nelsonii Rolfe 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995 ; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide

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