Disperis dicerochila Summerh.

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Disperis dicerochila

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge Fern Gardens, Vumba.

Disperis dicerochila

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge Fern Gardens, Vumba.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, up to 25 cm. Leaves 2, opposite, ovate, dark green. Inflorescence usually 1-3 flowered. Flowers pale to deep pink, with darker markings in the hood, sometimes almost white. Dorsal sepal joined with the petals to form an broad, open hood. Lateral sepals spreading, each with a sac-like spur. Lip with limb and appendages glabrous.
Notes: This species can be similar to Disperis virginalis, which is mainly distinguished by having the limb and appendages of the lip papillose-hairy. In Zimbabwe, however, they usually appear fairly distinctly different with D. virginalis being consistently white and a narrower hood with more pronounced "horns" formed by the erect, pointed petals.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In leaf litter or on mossy logs in evergreen forest. Also found in pine plantations.
Altitude range: (metres) 1600 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 33 - 34. Also a Disperis nr. nelsonii

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 119.

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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 135.

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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 dicerochila.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117790, retrieved 5 March 2024

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