Disperis concinna Schltr.

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Disperis concinna

Photo: Bart Wursten
World's View, Nyanga

Disperis concinna

Photo: Bart Wursten
World's View, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Disperis sp. no. 1 (Payne 77)
Common names:
Frequency: Local and occasional
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial herb, 10-25 cm tall. Leaves 3-4, alternate along the stem, sessile, elliptic or lanceolate, 15-32 mm long, hairless. Inflorescence 1-4-flowered. Bracts c. 13 × 6 mm, leaf-like. Flowers c. 10 mm wide, greenish-white to yellowish-white, more or less tinged rose-pink or purple. Dorsal sepal c. 8 × 3 mm, forming a sac-like hood with the petals c. 5 mm wide. Lateral sepals spreading, 5-7 mm long, pointed at the apex and each with a conical spur c. 2 mm long.
Notes: This species was for some time mistakenly identified as D. cooperi on our site. Thanks to Lourens Grobler this has now been rectified. D. cooperi is restricted to higher parts of Mpumalanga, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal , South Africa and does not occur in Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: concinna: neat, elegant
Habitat: Wet places in (sub)montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1800 - 2250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal , South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 12 October 2011

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 57.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 80. As Disperis sp. no. 1

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 239.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 95.

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

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: Species information: Disperis concinna.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117780, retrieved 14 July 2024

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