AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Disperis Bolusiana group
Description:

Small hairy plants. Leaves two (rarely three), alternate. Median sepal ovate, forming a sac or hood, lateral sepals free; lip claw weakly or not at all fused with gynostemium, blade triangular, lorate and slightly concave or forming a cup together with base of appendage, appendage lorate, rarely absent (Disperis decipiens).
Distribution:

Mainly south-western parts of South Africa but ranging into tropical Africa.
Species:

Disperis bodkinii Bolus SW. Cape Prov.
Disperis bolusiana Schltr. SW. Cape Prov.
Disperis bolusiana subsp. bolusiana SW. Cape Prov.
Disperis bolusiana subsp. macrocorys (Rolfe) J.C.Manning SW. Cape Prov.
Disperis cucullata Sw. SW. Cape Prov.
Disperis decipiens Verdc. Tanzania.
Disperis macowanii Bolus Tanzania to S. Africa.
Disperis purpurata Rchb.f. Cape Prov.
Disperis purpurata subsp. pallescens Bruyns SW. & S. Cape Prov.
Disperis purpurata subsp. purpurata. W. Cape Prov.
Disperis villosa (L.f.) Sw. SW. & S. Cape Prov.

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