AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Disperis virginalis Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 24: 431 (1897).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Disperis nelsonii Rolfe in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 5(3): 311 (1913).
Description:
Plants to 250 mm. Leaves 2, opposite, ovate, to 75 × 45 mm. Flowers 1-3, pale mauve; median sepal hooded, 10-13 mm long, lateral sepals oblanceolate, 8-10 × 4-8 mm, basally fused; petals oblong, 11-14 × 3-4 mm; lip ascending, 8 mm long, blade ligulate, appendage of two 2-forked lobes hanging over blade.
Habitat:
In leaf litter in gallery forest and in wattle and pine plantations, also reported on moss-covered rocks under Podocarpus at 1500-2500 m. Flowering in February and March.
Distribution:
E. Zimbabwe to Limpopo