AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Disperis kilimanjarica Rendle in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 30: 400, t. 32/8–10 (1895).
Description:

Epiphytic or terrestrial herb 5–12 cm tall; tuber 10–15 × 5–10 mm, ovoid. Leaves 2, alternate, 1.5–3.5 × 1.2 cm, ovate, cordate at base. Inflorescence single-flowered. Flowers white tinged with green and sometimes with mauve. Ovary and pedicel 10–11 mm long; bracts leaf-like, 10–15 × 7 mm, ovate. Dorsal sepal 8–16 mm long, joined to petals to form a blunt spur. Lateral sepals 7–12 × 3–5 mm, obliquely ovate, apiculate, each with a sac-like spur 1–2 mm long. Petals 8 × 4 mm, oblong, the free margin irregular. Lip 6 mm long, curved back into spur, the linear claw expanded into a triangular blade reflexed at the tip, with an oblong appendage 3 mm long arising at the point of reflexion, papillate at tip, almost reaching apex of the spur.
Habitat:

In montane or submontane forest on mossy branches and trunks of trees 1750–2250 m.
Distribution:

Kenya to Zambia