AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Disperis micrantha Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 370 (1839).
Description:
A slender glabrous herb, 10-24 cm. high; stem weak subflexuous, with one sheath at the base, distantly 2 foliate, 2-7fl. at the apex; leaves spreading amplexicaul ovate-cordate, acute or acuminate, 2-4.5 cm. long; bracts spreading, like the leaves, the lowest up to 3.3 cm. long, exceeding the ovary, the upper shorter than the ovary ; lateral sepals projecting forward and then deflexed, obliquely ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, 0.4-0.5 cm. long, furnished in the middle with an obtuse sac; odd sepal galeate erect, deflexed at the apex, acuminate, 0.5 cm. long; petals adhering to the galea, subfalcate concave shortly clawed, the blade broadly ovate in outline, acuminate, 0.5 cm. long; lip erect linear, scarcely 0.2 cm. long, the appendix incumbent over the rostellum, inflexed at the apex, broadly ovate in outline, concave at base, on each side sagittate-auriculate, towards the apex oblong, a little widened, truncate villose, 0.2 cm. long; rostellum concave obtuse, the gland-bearing arms projecting forward and then ascending.
Habitat:
On forest floors, in riverine forests, often amongst rocks, at 550-1350 m. Flowering from February to April.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, cold growing terrestrial.
Distribution:
Zimbabwe to S. Africa
References:
Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11, Part 1, (1995) Author: I. la Croix and P.J. Cribb; African Orchids: IX V. S. Summerhayes, Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), Vol. 1937, No. 9 (1937), pp. 457-466; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008
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van Vugt. Image used
with kind permission. 
Photograph© Rogier
van Vugt. Image used
with kind permission.