FZ.22. Disperis Sw.

Description of the genus

Erect, terrestrial herbs arising from small tubers and growing in very shallow soil or leaf mould in forest. Leaves 1-few, alternate or opposite. Flowers solitary or in racemes, Bracts leaf-like. Dorsal sepal united with the petals to form a hood-like structure varying from a ± flat limb to an elongate spur; lateral sepals each usually with a conspicuous spur or pouch near the inner margin. Petals variously shaped, often falcate. Lip greatly modified and characteristic of the species, joined to the column and bearing a distinctive appendage.

Worldwide: 75 species in tropical and South Africa, Mascarenes and Indomalesia

Zimbabwe: 10 taxa.

Disperis lindleyana

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
anthoceros Rchb. f.N,C,EDescription, Image
concinna Schltr.EDescription, Image
dicerochila Summerh.C,EDescription, Image
johnstonii RolfeNDescription, Image
leuconeura Schltr.E
lindleyana Rchb. f.EDescription, Image
micrantha Lindl.E
reichenbachiana Rchb. f.N,C,EDescription, Image
thorncroftii Schltr.E
virginalis Schltr.EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Disperis:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Disperis
Flora of Malawi: Disperis
Flora of Mozambique: Disperis
Flora of Zambia: Disperis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Disperis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Disperis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Disperis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Disperis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Disperis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Disperis
JSTOR Plant Science: Disperis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Disperis
Plants of the World Online: Disperis
Tropicos: Disperis
Wikipedia: Disperis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Disperis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=422, retrieved 4 March 2024

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