AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Disperis Wealei Group
Description:

Glabrous or rarely weakly hairy (Disperis cooperi) plants. Leaves 2-5, alternate. Median sepal mostly ovate to lanceolate and hooded, hood shallowly or deeply saccate, lateral sepals free; lip blade elongate and somewhat boatshaped, at base marginally fused to the entire lip appendage to form a concave structure, rarely (D. oxyglossa, D. tysonii) fusion absent or weak, blade always with verrucose elaiophores. Rostellum arms usually twisted outwards at tips.
Distribution:

South Africa and Zimbabwe, ranging into Madagascar.
Species:

Disperis bosseri la Croix & P.J.Cribb C. Madagascar.
Disperis circumflexa (L.) T.Durand & Schinz Cape Prov.
Disperis circumflexa subsp. aemula (Schltr.) J.C.Manning WSW. Cape Prov.
Disperis circumflexa subsp. circumflexa. SW. Cape Prov.
Disperis concinna Schltr. Zimbabwe to S. Africa.
Disperis cooperi Harv. S. Africa.
Disperis fanniniae Harv. S. Africa.
Disperis oxyglossa Bolus S. Cape Prov. to KwaZulu-Natal
Disperis paludosa Harv. ex Lindl. S. & SE. Cape Prov.
Disperis stenoplectron Rchb.f. S. Africa.
Disperis tysonii Bolus S. Africa.
Disperis wealei Rchb.f. S. Africa.

World Checklist of Monocotyledons. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/monocots/ accessed 1/10/2010