Disperis reichenbachiana Rchb. f. 1865 Photo by Bob Campbell and the Orchids of Kenya ,

Deep Shade Warm Cool Spring Summer

Common Name Reichenbach's Disperis [German Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Central African Republic, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia in dense shade ofriverine and submontane forests mostly in leaf liter at elevations of 800 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with underground ellipsoid to globose tubers giving rise to 2 to 4, alternate, dark greeen with white venation above and purple below, ovate to lanceolate-ovate, cordate at base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a to 6" [to 15 cm] long, erect, 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence arising from a leaf-like bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Summerhayes 1968 drawing fide; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Orchids of the Central African Republic a Provisional Checklist Cribb & Fay 1987; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide