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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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 322. (Includes a picture).

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

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 239 - 240. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 156. (Includes a picture).

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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Disperis dicerochila
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Disperis dicerochila
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Disperis dicerochila
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Disperis dicerochila
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Disperis dicerochila
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Disperis dicerochila
Ispot Southern Africa: Disperis dicerochila
JSTOR Plant Science: Disperis dicerochila
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Disperis dicerochila
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Disperis dicerochila
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Disperis dicerochila
The Plant List (version 1.1): Disperis dicerochila
Tropicos: Disperis dicerochila

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Disperis dicerochila.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117790, retrieved 27 June 2019

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