AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Disperis parvifolia Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 547 (1915).
Description:
Very slender terrestrial herb 4–11 cm tall; tubers less than 1 cm in diameter, ± globose, hairy. Leaves 1–2 near base of plant, c. 4 × 4 mm, more or less sheathing, dark green. Inflorescence 1-flowered.Spur green with magenta apex, lateral sepals magenta-purple. Ovary 10 × 3.5 mm, bright green, most conspicuous; bract 6–8 mm long, tightly enclosing lower part of the ovary. Dorsal sepal forming a conical spur 6–6.5 mm long. Lateral sepals free, 2.5–4.5 × 2 mm, obliquely elliptical, concave, with very small, obscure sacs. Petals adnate to the dorsal sepal at mouth of spur, 3.5–4 × 2 mm, obliquely oblong, somewhat lobed on free margin. Lip 4–4.5 mm long including the appendage; limb reflexed, linear, enlarged and hairy at the apex; appendage arising from the limb at the point of reflexion, 1.5 mm long, linear.
Habitat:
In submontane grassland from 1500 to 1675 m. Flowering in January and February.
Distribution:
Cameroon, SW. Tanzania to Malawi