AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Disperis renibractea Schltr., Ann. Transvaal Mus. 10: 252 (1924).
Description:
Plants to 280 mm. Leaf 1, basal, ovate, 19- 40 × 14-26 mm. Flowers 4-13, in secund racemes, cream and maroon or brown; median sepal ovate, 4-5 × 3-4 mm, hooded, lateral sepals ovate, 6.5-8 × 3.5-4 mm; petals oblong, clawed, 7 × 3.5 mm; lip blade ovate, appendage triangular, with pubescent apex.
Habitat:
In montane or subalpine grassland from 1300 to 2800 m.
Phenology:
Flowering mainly from December to February.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, cold growing terrestrial.
Distribution:
South Africa (Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga).
References:
A synopsis of the genus Disperis Sw. (Orchidaceae), ADANSONIA, sér. 3 - 2005 - 27 (2) : 155-207; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982, Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008
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Cameron McMaster.
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