AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Disperis galerita Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 103 (1881).
Description:

Plants 100-300 mm. Leaves 2-3, alternate, ovate, 15-35 × 10-20 mm. Flowers 1-3, pink to purple; median sepal galeate, hood 7-10 mm tall, with short reflexed spur 3-4 mm long, lateral sepals ovate, 7-10 × 4-5 mm; petals oblong, 7-8 ×2-3.5 mm; lip 8-10 mm long, appendage linear, reflexed towards tip of spur.
Habitat:

In grassland mixed with bushes of Erica arborea and Hypericum at about 2000-3800 m. Flowering in July and August.
Distribution:

NW. & S. Ethiopia