AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Disperis woodii Bolus, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 22: 78 (1885).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Disperis stenoglossa Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 20(50): 19 (1895).
Description:
Plants to 150 mm. Leaves 2, subbasal, subopposite, ovate, 10-25 × 6-15 mm. Flowers 1(-2), white, often tinged with pink; median sepal ovate, with erect spur 8-11 mm long, lateral sepals elliptic, 5 × 2 mm; petals falcate, rotund, 4.5 × 3 mm; lip blade deflexed, triangular, appendage erect, oblong, apically bifid.
Habitat:
On grassy slopes, sometimes in marshy situations up to 1800 m. Flowering mainly from May to August.
Distribution:
South Africa (Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal).