AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Disperis meirax Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 103 (1881).
Description:
Plants 80-110 mm. Leaves 2, alternate, ovate, 10-22 × 5-9 mm. Flowers 1-2, pink; median sepal galeate, hood conical, 7 × 3 mm, lateral sepals obovate, 2.6 × 2 mm, apparently basally united, not spurred but concave; petals ovate, 5 × 1 mm; lip 5 mm long, blade ligulate, appendage oblong, apically deeply bifid.
Habitat:
In afro-alpine grassland and Erica arborea forest on steep slopes from 3500 to 3800 m. Flowering in August and September.
Distribution:
NW. Ethiopia